Denise Griggs started digging into her family's history after asking her Aunt Julie the question, "Who's the white man on the wall?" She learned that the man in the picture was great-great grandmother's brother Peter Hunt, the son of an Irish slave owner and a slave named America, Hunt joined the United States Colored Troops of the Union Army after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Griggs blended oral history with historic records to write a book on her great-great-great uncle and was even able to find family in Ireland and traced her family history back to the ninth century.
Peter Hunt Mulatto, born of a slave owner and his slave named America, Ironically they were enslaved on a plantation in a town named Liberty, Mississippi.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and co-host Dr. Okpara Nosakhere for a discussion with the author Denise Griggs.