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    In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing some of our artifacts and images that tell the story of the contributions of African-Americans in our area.

    This is a recruitment poster issued by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments and was printed by P.S. Duval & Son, Philadelphia. 

    According to research by “Photo Sleuth” for Military Image magazine’s August 2015 issue, the lithograph was based from a photograph and probably shows the 25th United States Colored Troops at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia. It was probably taken in late 1863 or early 1864. The officer represented may be George Edwin Heath (1834-1905).  The drummer boy, flag and tent are artistic additions.

    The poster can be seen in the Ross County Historical Society’s Civil War exhibit. We’l have an open house on March 4, 2017 from noon to four pm, and you can come see it along with our brand new WWI exhibit.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
We throw around the word never likes its nothing but a small rose petal. The word never is a doubled edged sword. On one side it says ‘I will never leave you’ and on the other it says ‘I will never love you.’
—  The Word Never