I love visiting the South. I enjoy the history, what remains of the culture, and the dialects. For a while it was an independent country, but living relics of that country are getting harder and harder to come by. Even stone monuments are being removed – for he who controls the past controls the present and it wasn’t enough to simply subjugate the Southern people, powerful forces are working to erase all vestiges of the Old South.
I make no claims that the Old South was perfect, but this doesn’t mean I cannot take interest in what remains of it. I spent about two days in Kentucky, and a brief drive through Nashville, after the latest American Renaissance conference. I’ll share some of the photos with y’all.
The biggest attraction in Kentucky was Mammoth Caves, the largest cave system in the world.
Even at Mammoth Caves, we are not permitted to forget the “legacy of slavery” or the “African-American/Hispanic experience”.
At least there were no claims that black slaves built the caves, or that ancient Africans were the first to discover them. But here’s something you don’t see every day:
“IKA” stands for “Imperial Klans of America“. I chose not to trespass. Here’s a view inside:
And here is the road leading to the compound:
Don’t ask how I knew where it was – but it wasn’t far from an old cemetery. You don’t see tombstones like these much anymore:
Those people were clearly very poor. Here’s an old schoolhouse:
And a couple of nice buildings in Nashville: