Honoring William "Ten Cent Bill" Yopp -Black Confederate Veteran/drummer 14th Georgia Infantry

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There was something special, even magical, which took place under the golden dome of the Georgia Capitol on the 5th day of March. The occasion was the signing of a proclamation honoring Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. With a few strokes of his pen, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation which honored a black man, who was a soldier of the Confederate army. After serving with master Thomas Yopp, Bill lost touch with his life long friend for more than forty years. The winds of fate brought these men together in Atlanta after the end of World War I. Those winds still whirl around the capital city and on this day brought together a new circle of friends, bound together for the common love and admiration of a single man, some loving him for just being their great great granddaddy and others just in tribute for his undying love for his friends, despite the obstacles society put in his way.

Rosa Chappell, of Laurens County, began inquiring about any available information on her ancestor Bill Yopp. On another front and completely unknown to anyone else who came to the governor's office that day, local realtor Rusty Henderson, a member of Georgia's Civil War Commission, proposed to the governor's office that this year the state honor Yopp, one of the most well known black Confederate soldiers in the South. Mrs. Chappell and Mr. Henderson met and the word spread among Bill's descendants. Up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlie Pittman was putting the finishing touches on his historical novel, Ten Cent Bill. Pittman, who has been studying the life of Bill Yopp for more than four years, had lost touch with his contact at the Laurens County Historical Society. He knew nothing of the ceremony until Betty Page's call to Joy Warren at the library's heritage center. Warren informed two researchers in the library
REST OF ARTICLE WITH PICS: http://laurenscountyafricanamericanhistory.blogspot.com/2014/02/honoring-ten-cent-bill-there-was.html

See ALSO: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10076434/william-h_-yopp
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