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This Day in History President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation

September 22,2017

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Washington DC, On September 22, 1862, partly in response to the heavy losses inflicted at the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all the slaves in the states in rebellion if those states did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863. The extent of the Proclamation’s practical effect has been debated, as it was legally binding only in territory not under Union control. In the short term, it amounted to no more than a statement of policy for the federal army as it moved into Southern territory.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD OFFICES – CLOSED FEBRUARY 13TH AND FEBRUARY 20TH 2017

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February 11,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, All Village offices will be closed on February 13, 2017, in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and on February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  There will be no garbage or recycling pickups on these days and the Recycling Center will also be closed.  All Village offices will open the day after these holidays, at 8:30 a.m.

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 died April 15, 1865. Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.Republican Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

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Wyckoff Reformed Church Cemetery Desecrated by Vandals

Wyckoff Reformed Church cemetery
photo courtesy of the Wyckoff Reformed Church Facebook page 
October 9th ,2016
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Wyckoff NJ , According to the Wyckoff Police on Sunday approximately  50 head stones were toppled  at the Wyckoff Reformed Church cemetery .

On the Churches Facebook page the church posted :

Heartbroken by the desecration of some 50 gravestones at the historic Wyckoff Reformed Church Cemetery, Peter Cantilina, US Army veteran of the Korean War, is hopeful the community will come together to identify those responsible as well as to assist with restoration of markers dating back to the Civil War. Damage to the cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

New Jersey State Detective Agency investigators, working with Wyckoff Cemetery Association administrators and local police, have donated a toll free anonymous tip line, 877-688-7162 to receive information.

Those wishing to assist with the restoration of the tombstones may make contributions to Go Fund Me “Wyckoff Cemetery Vandalism,” (https://www.gofundme.com/wrccemetery) or to the Wyckoff Reformed Church, 580 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481, or may call 201-891-1782 for further information.

Meanwhile, Cemetery Association Vice President Richard Lynch said, “We also are asking for prayers for those who committed this very sad and senseless destruction.”

A message from The WRC Cemetery Association:

On Sunday night our cemetery was badly vandalized. The heartbreaking damage was discovered while Cemetery Board members Nancy Mattera and Rich Lynch were walking the cemetery with a contractor to plan further beautification work.

About 50 historic limestone headstones, most from burials in the 1800s, were toppled over and many were badly cracked. All the damage was between our historic 1806 sanctuary and Everett Avenue where the vandals were out of view from Wyckoff Avenue.

Please be reassured that any headstones from burials in the last 100 years were not damaged. No 20th century granite headstones were damaged.

The crime is under investigation by the Wyckoff Police who issued a press release Wednesday which was immediately picked up by Wyckoff Patch and other news outlets. An online article appeared in the Daily Voice with photos of Pastor Andy viewing the destruction. Channel 2 (CBS), Channel 7 (ABC) and Channel 12 were there to film for airing today. There was an article in Thursday’s Record.

As of Wednesday night there were 200 posts on Wyckoff Moms responding to an entry by Nancy offering assistance, and expressing sympathy and outrage at this destruction to “a local treasure”.

The Cemetery Trustees are meeting in an emergency session to consider further action to identify those responsible for this mindless desecration of hallowed ground honoring those who came before us, take further security measures to prevent future vandalism and plan for the restoration of the damage. Sadly, much of the good work over the past 15 years by WRC volunteers, Eagle Scouts, and intensive recent work by a monument company does not equal the damage done in a one night rampage. Be assured the damage will be repaired. We are getting an estimate of the cost of repairs which will run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

The headstones may not look the same after repair but it will be clear that we care about our honored dead.

We will keep you informed as we progress and advise those interested in lending a hand how they may help.

Pray for the misguided souls who carried out this destruction that it may be a lesson to them and others on how to conduct themselves in the future.

~The WRC Cemetery Board of Trustees

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Democrats Airbrush Pro-Slavery, Civil War and Segregation from Their History

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In his inaugural address, Buchanan, who had won, in no small part, due to the support he had garnered in the southern states, reiterated a belief that had been one of the major running points of his campaign: that slavery was a matter for states and territories to decide, not the federal government. He went on to suggest that the matter was one that would be easily resolved, both “speedily and finally.” Historians have cited these remarks as indicative of Buchanan’s fundamental misunderstanding of the issue.

http://www.biography.com/people/james-buchanan-9230228

Democrats Airbrush Pro-Slavery, Civil War and Segregation from Their History
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BRYAN PRESTON

September 4, 2012 – 10:08 amThe Democrats’ new website propagates an old lie: That their party wasn’t the party of racism and oppression for most of American history. Jeffrey Lord picked up the lie on their site and in a new DNC video starring the party’s chairman, Rep. Debbbie “Dead Last” Wasserman Schultz.

At retirement Buchanan devoted much of his time to defending his handling of events leading to the Civil War, for which he was ultimately blamed. In 1866 he published a memoir, in which he laid blame for the war on abolitionists and Republicans. … (somethings never change )http://www.biography.com/people/james-buchanan-9230228?page=2

Check the “Our History” section, found here of the DNC’s website. See it? The history section — now written to reflect the history of the Obama administration — begins with this breathtakingly bold lie:

For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights…..

That is one of the most massive lies ever told to the American public.

During the first half of the 19th Century, the Democratic Party was the party of racism oppression and slavery. This is not a debatable assertion, it’s simply a fact. The Democrats were divided over slavery, between those who accommodated it and those who actively supported it. Their party officially supported slavery in its six platforms from 1840 to 1860. They opposed the constitutional amendments that wiped out slavery and set the freed slaves on the path to full voting citizenship. They repealed a Republican-passed civil rights law in 1892. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact.

In 1854, the Whig Party collapsed and the Republican Party was born. The Republicans were the anti-slavery party. Neither party could at the time claim the mantle of truly supporting equality and civil rights, but of the two, the Republicans were clearly the party that sought to abolish slavery. The Democrats have no claim at all to supporting civil rights at that time. The election of Republican abolition supporter Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was met by the southern Democrats with secession. The Democrats started a war to divide the country in order to preserve slavery.

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Democrats became the party of Jim Crow and segregation. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact. The Democrats controlled the South from Reconstruction to the 1960s and on into the 1980s for some southern states. During that time, up until 1964, Democrats opposed civil rights and were far more likely to stand on the side of segregation, if not outright population control among races that certain Democrat elites deemed “undesirable.” Republicans were more likely to vote for the 1964 act than Democrats, and it would not have passed without GOP support. Planned Parenthood stands today as the legacy of racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger. In Texas, the Democratic Party pioneered what it called “white primaries” in which non-whites could not participate. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as was President Harry Truman and former Democratic icon Sen. Robert Byrd. Democrats lionize all of these figures today and happily accept the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. The Klan itself was regarded for decades as the Democratic Party’s paramilitary wing. None of this is debatable. They are just facts.The Democrats’ new website propagates an old lie: That their party wasn’t the party of racism and oppression for most of American history. Jeffrey Lord picked up the lie on their site and in a new DNC video starring the party’s chairman, Rep. Debbbie “Dead Last” Wasserman Schultz.

Check the “Our History” section, found here of the DNC’s website. See it? The history section — now written to reflect the history of the Obama administration — begins with this breathtakingly bold lie:

For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights…..

That is one of the most massive lies ever told to the American public.

During the first half of the 19th Century, the Democratic Party was the party of racism oppression and slavery. This is not a debatable assertion, it’s simply a fact. The Democrats were divided over slavery, between those who accommodated it and those who actively supported it. Their party officially supported slavery in its six platforms from 1840 to 1860. They opposed the constitutional amendments that wiped out slavery and set the freed slaves on the path to full voting citizenship. They repealed a Republican-passed civil rights law in 1892. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact.

In 1854, the Whig Party collapsed and the Republican Party was born. The Republicans were the anti-slavery party. Neither party could at the time claim the mantle of truly supporting equality and civil rights, but of the two, the Republicans were clearly the party that sought to abolish slavery. The Democrats have no claim at all to supporting civil rights at that time. The election of Republican abolition supporter Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was met by the southern Democrats with secession. The Democrats started a war to divide the country in order to preserve slavery.

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Democrats became the party of Jim Crow and segregation. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact. The Democrats controlled the South from Reconstruction to the 1960s and on into the 1980s for some southern states. During that time, up until 1964, Democrats opposed civil rights and were far more likely to stand on the side of segregation, if not outright population control among races that certain Democrat elites deemed “undesirable.” Republicans were more likely to vote for the 1964 act than Democrats, and it would not have passed without GOP support. Planned Parenthood stands today as the legacy of racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger. In Texas, the Democratic Party pioneered what it called “white primaries” in which non-whites could not participate. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as was President Harry Truman and former Democratic icon Sen. Robert Byrd. Democrats lionize all of these figures today and happily accept the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. The Klan itself was regarded for decades as the Democratic Party’s paramilitary wing. None of this is debatable. They are just facts.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/04/democrats-airbrush-pro-slavery-civil-war-and-segregation-from-their-history/

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History of a Village : Exhibit ‘tells the story’ of Civil War era in Ridgewood

History of a Village : Exhibit ‘tells the story’ of Civil War era in Ridgewood

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
BY JOSEPH CRAMER
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Two American flags hang in opposite corners of the Schoolhouse Museum, something that may not seem overly strange considering the prevalence of the national symbol in classrooms, municipal buildings and flagpoles throughout Ridgewood. But a closer look reveals that one of these flags has 34 stars; the other, 35. And spread out underneath them is a wealth of materials not likely to appear anywhere else in the village.

Starting on Sunday, Oct. 2, the Schoolhouse Museum will be home to “The Civil War Years: At Home and on the Battlefield,” a new exhibit created by the Ridgewood Historical Society, the local group that operates and maintains the museum on East Glen Avenue.

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the exhibit “tells the story of the Civil War through an extraordinary collection of artifacts and ephemera,” said Sheila Brogan, president of the Ridgewood Historical Society.

http://www.northjersey.com/community/events/130801323_Exhibit__tells_the_story__of_Civil_War_era_in_Ridgewood_.html