More eyeballs on “Uncle George and Me” in Southside Virginia

September 20, 2018 Bill Sizemore 2 Comments

My friends at the News & Record in South Boston, Va., just published a second excerpt from Uncle George and Me, bringing more readers to my story of growing up with Jim Crow in segregated Southside Virginia.

Daffodil Graham pays a visit to her great-uncle George Sizemore.

This part of the book tells the parallel stories of my privileged white childhood in South Boston and Clarksville and the very different experience of my contemporary Daffodil Graham, who grew up across the state line and the color line 25 miles away in Roxboro, N.C.

Daffodil is a member of a large extended family of African-American Sizemores who descend from two generations of people enslaved by my great-great-great-grandfather Daniel Sizemore on his tobacco farm near Clarksville. Thanks to the invisible wall of segregation, neither of us knew of the other’s existence – or of the historical connection between our families – until I began the research that led to my book.

We’re chipping away at that wall, but we’ve got a long way to go.

 

2 People reacted on this

  1. Mr. Sizemore and my father were good friends. I will always love and respect him. We all grew up in Clarksville VA and we were taught to respect our elders. There is a lot of history and wisdom that can be obtained from our elders. I am glad to see that his history is being preserved. Thank you.

  2. I saw the second article in the News and Record and was so intrigued that I quickly googled the book and bought it that day. It arrived at my home today and I spent the day reading this very informative story. Thanks for bringing this story to the public.

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