Michigan Democrat Senator’s Slave Owning Great-Great-Grandfather Allegedly Sheltered John Wilkes Booth
On Saturday, the New York Post reported that the great-great-grandfather of Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) allegedly harbored John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln.
According to a story that Peters’ late father, Herb Peters, an English teacher and news reporter, shared with local history buffs in Rochester, Michigan, Booth found safe haven in the home of Richard Garrett. Townhall adds that Garrett was a slave-owning farmer and harbored Booth for two days while he was on the run.
From the New York Post:
As the elder Peters told it, five riders in Confederate uniforms approached Garrett’s farmhouse near Port Royal, Va., on April 24, 1865, nine days after Lincoln’s death. But news traveled slowly in those days and Garrett still had not heard of the attack on Lincoln as the president sat with his wife in a balcony of the Ford Theater.
One of the horsemen asked if Booth — traveling under the name of James W. Boyd — could hole up on the property.
“None of the Garretts knew that Booth and co-conspirator David Herold escaped from Washington by horseback into Maryland and were the objects of a massive federal manhunt,” Herb Peters told the Rochester-Avon Historical Society during the 2011 talk.
For two days the wanted assassin lived “completely at ease” with the family, sharing meals and playing with Garrett’s children, until the feds found him. Booth was killed in the Garrett’s tobacco barn — which was also torched — on April 26.
Garrett, a Confederate with 22 slaves, according to census records, demanded compensation for the burned barn. Lawmakers rejected the claim, calling his conduct with Booth “undoubtedly disloyal.”
The Post continues that Senator Peters told them that “[T]hese events have been written about for generations, and it’s important we know our history so that we can work toward an equal and inclusive society. Those are my values.”
The Senator has been heading online forums on racial justice and introduced the “1619 Act to Raise Awareness, Understanding of African American History in Schools.” In the statement he made promoting the bill, Peters said that “[M]ichiganders and Americans across the country are demanding we work together to address bigotry, hatred and systemic racism.”
Interestingly, the use of the term “1619” in the bill is borrowed from the New York Times lie that the U.S. was founded that year, when the first slaves came to the colonies. Because the Left loves the U.S. and just wants to make it better, of course.
None of this is to necessarily impugn the character of the Senator himself, but it is ironic that the same party that supports slavery reparations paid to today’s blacks from today’s whites has a descendent of a well-known Confederate slaveholder at the forefront of its “racial justice” platform.
Because the Left has no standards and no intellectual honesty.