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.
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.