This week the Memory Train is traveling all over the place. Come along for the journey because you are in for several surprises. You are in for several hidden stories about overrated heroes.

Let’s start with President Andrew Jackson, whose face appears on the $20 dollar bill. Many of his opponents called him a “bloodthirsty military tyrant” who had “bland blood” in his veins.

In the 1820s the Cincinnati Gazette herald said, General Andrew Jackson’s mother was a common prostitute bought to this country by the British soldiers. She afterwards married a mulatto man with whom she had several children, of which general Jackson is one.” Also, another issue of the paper revealed that Jackson’s  older brother was sold as a slave in the Carolinas.

Andrew Jackson responded to his critics by being a slaveholder and racist, who went out of his way to prove he had no love or affection for people with “Black blood.”

Was there  a curse  in the White House? Did someone cast a spell or a curse on the office of President of the United States and the White House? If not, how do you explain that at the beginning in 1840, nearly every candidate elected died in office or was the target of an assassination attempt? Is it a curse on the American presidency? Take look of these patterns.

William Henry Harrison Died in office in 1840. Abraham Lincoln, was killed in office in 1860. James A. Garfied was killed in office in 1880. William McKinney was killed in office in 1900.

Warren G. Harding died in office in 1940. Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in 1940.  Ronald Reagan was wounded in office. George W. Bush did have to duck when someone threw shoes at him during a political meeting.

If you are really interested in “More Dirty Little Secrets” by Dr. Claud Anderson and Brant Anderson, check out local bookstores.

Even though they are not here physically, I would like to wish my Mother Mittie a happy birthday. It was on Oct. 20, and to my father who would be well over 100 on Oct. 30. They are gone but not forgotten.

Also, I have been informed that “God’s World” bookstore is in dire need of patronage. Please stop by and make a purchase or make a donation.

Words of Wisdom: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver

Until next time, I’ll plant U now, and dig U later.

Peace and chicken grease!

Hugh Burrell can be contacted at (313) 872-3437 or

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