Irenas Johnson Palmer: was born on February 20,
Hinsdale, New York. In 1863, at the age of 21 he
went to Boston, Mass. to join the Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Colored
Volunteer Cavalry .On December 26, 1863 he was commissioned First Sergeant. 1842
The Fifth Regiment was involved in numerous Civil War battles at Fort Monroe, Appomattox, and Petersburg. In 1864 they were assigned to Point Lookout in Maryland where they guarded Confederate Prisoners. In 1865 they were sent to Texas because there was anticipation of trouble with Mexico.
After the Civil War in November 1865 Mr. Palmer returned to Western New York and settled in Olean, NY where he took up his trade as an Architect and Builder. Mr. Palmer was active in the AME Church, and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He was also one of the many unknown civil rights pioneers who spoke out against injustice and the despicable criminal act of lynching's that were imposed upon countless African Americans during his lifetime. This shadow of shame inspired him to write the book, "The Black Man's Burden" in Feb. 1902.
A quote from the book, "In this country it is unsafe to be black or be president. In this great country they burn colored men at the stake, and one-third of our presidents are murdered by assassins."
There were three presidents assassinated between 1865 and 1901, (Abrahan Lincoln, James A Garfield and William McKinley)
Irenas Johnson Palmer died on June 17, 1919. He was buried at the Mount View Cemetery in Olean, NY. He is still honored each year dunning Black History Month by the Olean Historical Society.
The Black Man's Burden provides an insightful look into the dark side of
history. It's the history that the schools don't or won't teach. A must read
for everyone. America
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