Dionne Ford, local author of Go Back and Get It, as well as co-editor of the anthology Slavery’s Descendants, will tell her family’s history beginning.
In 1858 Enslaved Tempy Burton was given to Colonel W. R. Stuart by the family of his new bride, Elizabeth McCauley. The Colonel and Tempy had six children together, one of whom was Dionne Ford’s great-great-grandmother. After finding a photo of these relatives, Ford embarked on a journey to learn more about who they were, and faced head-on the difficulty of finding oneself linked to both enslaved people and enslavers.
This event will take place in the library’s Meeting Room.