Robert M. Walker, a historian who became Vicksburg’s first black mayor in the late 1980s, stands before the first monument within the national park system and the only one in the Vicksb

 

              Robert M. Walker, a historian who became Vicksburg’s first black mayor in the late 1980s, stands before the first monument within the national park system and the only one in the Vicksb
Robert M. Walker, a historian who became Vicksburg’s first black mayor in the late 1980s, stands before the first monument within the national park system and the only one in the Vicksburg National Military Park, that honors all black people _ free and slave _ who participated in military action in Vicksburg during the Civil War, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Vicksburg, Miss. Walker was instrumental in helping get the monument in 2003. Black soldiers fought for the Union in the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, La., on June 7, 1863, just up the Mississippi River from Vicksburg. The site was a supply and communication post for the Union as it worked to conquer Vicksburg. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)