Brookhaven Buzz - August 2019

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 8 • AUGUST 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! In mid-June news surfaced that the outstanding Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW 30305 had made a blockbuster acquisition. It’s a regimental flag, the type taken into battle, good-sized at 6 feet wide by more than 4 feet tall, bearing the name 127th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), a branch of the U.S. Army that formed in the aftermath of the Emancipation Procla- mation in 1863. As was the law, Civil War African American troops fought under such battle standards in segregated units led by white officers. Historians currently assess that in the hotly contested Civil War, the Con- federacy was close to winning during much of the early conflict. Part of Pres. Lincoln’s rationale to turn the tide was not only for the U.S. to emancipate large numbers of certain enslaved people, but also to train and arm them to fight for their freedom. Estimates are that numbers of black soldiers fighting for the Union were in the 200,000 range, tipping the bal- ance for a critical United States victory. History Center Buys Rare Civil War Black Soldiers Regiment Flag Continued on page 10 It was a surprise in mid-June when Gov. Brian Kemp tapped Doraville Police Chief John King to serve as Act- ing Georgia Insurance Commissioner, but these are not usual times in that state government office. Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck—after win- ning the Nov. 2018 election and start- ing his term of office in 2019—came under federal indictment of 38-counts of developing an elaborate scheme to abscond with $2 million from his for- mer employer. Beck requested suspen- sion with pay, to which Gov. Kemp acceded, and will plead innocent against the charges. The good news is that, first, the dis- tractions of the case have been removed along with Jim Beck, to be adjudicated in the courts where justice will be served. Continued on page 6 Doraville Police Chief Rises to Lead State Insurance Commission Made of silk and rendered by a distinguished artist in the 1860s, this fantastic piece will help update the historical collection in Buckhead. John King has left his office in Doraville to assume duties in Georgia’s government insurance post at a critical time. (