At the Crossroads of Liberty and Commerce

Posted May 30th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

The Amite County Courthouse in Liberty, Mississippi contains something I’ve not seen before: slave records. Reading accounts from the early 1800’s of the sale or transfer of ownership of black people among white people is profoundly startling. Knowing that some of these transactions involved people related to my writing partner Sharon Morgan compounds the impact […]

Selma to Montgomery – a challenging drive

Posted May 27th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sharon and I didn’t plan the timing of our journey to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. It was while watching the amazing film Freedom Riders on PBS (as of this writing you can still watch it online here) on May 16 that I realized the timing. Sharon and I drove from […]


Posted May 26th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

As we reached Alabama yesterday, our first stop was with family in Tallassee. It was my first chance to hug the newest members of the Morgan clan. Although Morgan is my married name and I have been divorced from Mr. Morgan for many years, I continue to consider my in-laws and their children as part […]

A 100-year old note

Posted May 25th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sharon and I have completed the first three days of our journey. We’ve traveled over 1,400 miles through seven states. One aspect of our journey is genealogical research and how it can support people on our healing journey. Yesterday we spent the day in Kentucky. I was searching for my grandfather and his ancestors. I […]

Looking for America

Posted May 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Friday, May 20, 12:51 pm, Denver, Colorado I sit in the airport after my first two flights today; one more to go to arrive in New York where Sharon will pick me up at La Guardia. We begin our 5,700 mile road trip through 15 states this weekend — mostly in the South and Midwest. […]