Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves

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An overwrought, highly sentimental account of a worthy community service project. Email address:. Please provide an email address. Categories of Interest: Select All. Her daughter Emma settled in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where her son became a prominent dentist. Emma and Russell Nathan left no living descendants.

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Caldwell was one of the great thrills of my life, soon equaled by meeting his adult daughters, Darcel and Cynthia Caldwell in Philadelphia. Cynthia and Darcel were warmly greeted by the Emory and Newton County communities. Into this Yoruba-inspired work they sewed family photographs, reuniting through art families long torn asunder through slavery and Jim Crow. The Caldwell sisters were brought down to Emory and Darcel was given a university medal in remembrance of her ancestral mother. Darcel and Cynthia were joined by Emory and Oxford city officials and by many other local whites and African Americans in a joyous celebration of reflection and reconciliation.

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Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation

Skip to content. Galland unpacks these tangled narratives to reveal a history of shame—of slavery and lynching, Jim Crow laws and land takings the theft of land from African-Americans , and ongoing exploitation of the land surrounding the cemetery by oil and gas drilling. With dread she even discovers how her own ancestors benefited from the racial imbalance.

She also encounters some remarkable, inspiring characters in local history. Surprisingly, the original deed for the cemetery's land was granted not by a white plantation owner, but by Della Love Walker, the niece of the famous African-American cowboy Deadwood Dick. Through another member of the Love Cemetery committee, Galland discovers a connection to Marshall's native son, James L.

She lectures, teaches, and leads retreats nationally and internationally on religion, race, and reconciliation. Galland chronicles the restoration and reconsecration of an African-American cemetery in her East Texas childhood hometown in this inspirational first-person account. The author, who is white, uncovers a fragment of local history in the process of her participation in an interracial group of people who from to convened a series of "work parties" at the cemetery—hacking at weeds, repairing gravestones and making offerings to the ancestors.

Galland reports the meetings, church services and potluck suppers she joins in around the communal cleanup of Love Cemetery, which may date back to the s. She portrays the Boy Scout troop, various clergy, parishioners and the community elders "keepers of the group memory" involved in the effort, with especially nuanced portraits of two African-American women, Doris Vittatoe a direct descendant of a man buried there and Nuthel Britton the unofficial cemetery caretaker.

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Galland The Bond Between Women, , who leads spiritual retreats, was acutely aware of "the dissonance between the black and white experience of life in America," but comes to her own "understanding that enormous change happens through tiny choices. All rights reserved. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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Established seller since Seller Inventory CW More information about this seller Contact this seller. Language: English. Brand new Book. Research into county historical records and interviews with local residents uncover two versions of history--one black, one white.