Library of Congress apologizes for tweeting about Confederate general on MLK Day

The Library of Congress has apologized after posting a tweet on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that paid tribute to Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

The Library of Congress issued a follow-up tweet late Monday saying the earlier post was “pre-programmed” and was a part of the “Today in History” series.

“We sincerely regret publishing this tweet on the day that we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the post read.


The initial tweet links to a profile of Jackson, who is one of the most well-known Confederate generals of the Civil War.

Jackson’s birthday happened to coincide with the date on which Martin Luther King Jr. Day fell this year. The national holiday celebrating the civil rights leader occurs on the third Monday in January every year, near King’s birthday of Jan. 15.

President Reagan signed the national holiday into law in 1983.