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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2014-01-17 09:25 am

For shame, Angela Harris...

I could not believe my eyes when I opened my email today and saw links to blog posts on the deliberate and willful destruction of historic records, ordered by Angela L Harris of the government of Franklin County, NC.

You can read how the events unfolded last month in other bloggers' entries here, here, and here.

I just sent an email to Ms. Harris and copied two of the County Commissioners.
By now, family historians all over the country are shaking their collective heads in disbelief and horror that you could have authorized the deliberate destruction of so many historic Franklin County records when there was a group of people ready and willing to go through all material and digitize those records of historic import without breaching the privacy of individuals still living. My understanding of the situation is that the group in question was making ready to take custody of the documents and begin the process of digitizing them when you clandestinely ordered destruction of the documents.

Your actions are repugnant and fly in the face of common sense and decency. Let me add my voice to those of others calling for your resignation. If you are unable to recognize the value of preservation of historic documents in this digital age, then in my view, you have no business serving in your current post.

It is my fervent hope that family members and/or descendants of the World War I soldier whose letter was deliberately destroyed will sue the pants off of you and the members of the Franklin Co., NC Commission in your official capacities for the willful and deliberate destruction of family papers, and win.

I hope the County Commissioners are now aware of the terrible place of dishonor your actions have garnered for Franklin County, NC among family historians, descendants of slaves, and genealogists, not only nationwide, but internationally as well.

Dee Blakley
Mabelvale, AR

Email addresses I used were:
Angela L Harris -
Shane Mitchell -
Sidney E Dunston, Chair -