'Carmack's Pledge To The South' reads:
"The South is a land that has known sorrows; It is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears; A land scarred and riven by the plowshare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead; But a land of legend, A land of song, A land Of hallowed and heroic memories.
To that land every drop of my blood, ever fibre of my being, every pulsation of my heart, is consecrated forever.
I was born of her womb; I was nurtured at her breast; and when my last hour shall come, I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep with her tender and encircling arms."
The 1925 statue of Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908) is located between the Tennessee State Capitol Building and Legislative Plaza – above the tunnel leading into the Capitol. You can reportedly stand near the Capitol for hours, and ask people as they walk by if they know who the statue represents and discover that just about no one does.
The tablet on which 'Carmack's Pledge" is enscribed is on the back of the statue, place there by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the W.T.C.U., which has been termed the oldest continuing non-sectarian women's organization worldwide.
Should this statue of a prohibitionist, race-baiting, hot-tempered newspaper editor and one-term U.S. Senator who was murdered on the streets of Nashville in 1908 be moved to a less prominent place?
“No,” wrote Jim Summerville, in his 1994 book ,The Carmack-Cooper Shooting: Tennessee Politics Turns Violent,. “It’s our finest monument to our collective amnesia, the neglect of our history, and the catastrophic condition of democracy in Tennessee."
Some also think it is torture for Sen. Carmack to have to watch Nashville change under his constant eye over the last century – to see prohibition fail and then to watch the city change into one where whites and blacks actually get along.
Image by Ron Cogswell, on July 20, 2011, using a Pentax Optio A10 and minor Photoshop effects.