The Know Nothing’s most spectacular clandestine coup involved its shenanigans relating to the Washington Monument.
The grievous offense of the papist stone provided justification for a further Know Nothing coup to “protect the monument.” With the connivance of a sympathetic clerk of the monument association, an illegal election of directors was called, and a packed meeting of recently registered members of the association elected a slate of Know Nothing directors. The new group seized physical control of the construction site, announced it was saving the monument from construction and management at the hands of Catholics and foreigners, and embarked on a fund-raising appeal limited to members of the American Party.
“[Perry’s] widow would donate the unappreciated antiquity to the Naval Academy in 1859, after which it would be rung when Navy won the annual Army-Navy football game and occasionally hammered by midshipmen with bowling pins…”
aboard ship to be used for scrubbing decks.
Davis’s rather unapologetic downvote for liberty for all has created some awkwardness for revisionist
The image near the top of the post is from a website specializing in prints of historical photographs, shorpy.com. The caption states: Washington, D.C., circa 1916. "Slaves reunion. Lewis Martin, age 100; Martha Elizabeth Banks, age 104; Amy Ware, age 103; Rev. Simon P. Drew, born free." Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 921 N Street N.W.