NSRTC Black History Month Tributes

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The North Salem Republican Town Committee celebrates Black History month.  Burgess Owens had a storied sports and business career, and now is the Congressman from Utah's 4th Congressional district; becoming the second black Republican Congressman elected from Utah.  Owens' great-great-grandfather Silas Burgess came to America on a slave ship, and was sold on an auction block in Charleston, S.C. to the Burgess Plantation. He escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and grew up to be a landowner and leader in his West Texas community.  Burgess himself grew up in the Jim Crow South era, and through his life lessons he stated that "the GOP offers an optimistic message for those grappling with failure. ... If I can do it, you can do it. ... That's the difference in the conservative message." (  Learn more about Burgess Owens and his incredible career and philanthropy on his website at

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