Reflective Essay On John King

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In late May of 2016, I was referred to as one of several “costumed character” in grammatically troubled, but overall positive TripAdvisor review. My supervisor John King was visibly angry, not at me (this time), but at the visitor. “These aren’t costumes. This isn’t Disneyland.” For three months, I wore period clothing (this was John King’s preferred term and one does not fail to use John King’s term). The period was the mid-nineteenth century. Depending on my scheduled tours and assigned exhibit, I either wore a blue cotton coat, a red vest, a colorful kravatt, and a straw tophat or a military uniform consisting of sky blue wool trousers, a navy blue wool coat, and a matching bummer (Read floopy wool cap) (The kravatt was optional when in …show more content…
I gave several tours leading tourists with camera straps around their necks and disinterested children scurrying between their legs interpreting the human drama and historical significance of this event. You can read about it on Wikipedia, if you’d like. This essay is not about the history of Harpers Ferry. This essay is about me. Not about me falling in love on long moonlit walks along the Shenandoah or the oddity of hearing a ghost tour out of your kitchen window every night. These are other (probably better) essays. This is about a white twenty-year-old armed with a half an Bachelor’s Degree, a Midwestern fear of conflict, and some sweat-inducing extra layers in over his …show more content…
The South Carolina legislature couldn’t, of course, have been able to come to this conclusion when it first hoisted the rebel battle flag on the state capitol grounds (in 1961) as they were too busy contesting school

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