State NAACP chief objects to Trail Maids’ role at inauguration

State NAACP President Edward Vaughn objects to having Mobile’s Azalea Trail Maids as Alabama’s only group in the upcoming presidential inaugural parade, saying they remind him of slavery days — a characterization that Trail Maids supporters decry.
Vaughn suggested that the Trail Maids’ costumes — hoop dresses with matching bonnets and parasols — reflect the state’s slavery past and have no place at the inauguration of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

Vaughn suggested that the Trail Maids’ costumes — hoop dresses with matching bonnets and parasols — reflect the state’s slavery past and have no place at the inauguration of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

This year’s Trail Maids include eight black members, two maids of Indian descent, one Asian and 39 whites, said Andy Marasca, president of the group. Marasca said he learned of Vaughn’s concerns from local media.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones (who is African American released this written statement: We are extremely proud of their participation in President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration and can think of no better group that represents the character and diversity of our city to showcase at this historic event. As it relates to diversity, we would compare Mobile with any city in the state of Alabama. We are a diverse city representing people from all segments and walks of life. These girls epitomize that, and they are excellent ambassadors for Mobile.”

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(pictured: Azalea Trail Maids Pose at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove)

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