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SVM Book Club: Discussion of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree- Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia (online)

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


This event will be a book club discussion of Mary Othella Burnette’s Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. This event is free, but an RSVP is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Registration ends half an hour before the start of the event.  RSVP below.

A conversation with the author will take place a few days before, on Monday, March 8th at 11:30am EST. RSVP here.

From the publisher: “Mary Othella Burnette, an 89 year old African American woman, was born and reared in Black Mountain, North Carolina. While much has been documented about White communities in Southern Appalachia, little has been written by a native mountaineer about African Americans living in that area. All of Ms. Burnette’s stories are rare, and most of them contain vibrant and emotional depictions of characters she grew up with and around from early childhood through the mid-1940s, a time when the sun was setting on the lives of the few surviving family members of freed slaves and their community-minded heirs who settled in the Swannanoa Valley after 1865. As these original stories display the social and cultural norms of a fading era, they also reveal how residents of those times faced oppression with a steadfast belief in America and held on to their unwavering hope for better days. Thus this thoughtful work becomes an open window into African American history. Ms. Burnette’s love for Black Mountain, combined with her loyalty to Valley residents and other characters she adoringly describes, brings these beautifully written, historically and culturally significant stories to life.”



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March 10
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center