When All God's Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina

When All God's Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina

39.99

Paperback

ISBN – 13: 978-0-98881 10-0-3

ISBN - 10: 0-9888110-0-6

Size:           8 ½ x 11

624 pages

For seven years, Ann researched, photographed and wrote about the Black history in my mountain region for a book called, When All God's Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina. 

Over my lifetime, I heard many stories about the history of my family and the other African American families in my community of Happytop in Andrews, NC. A few years ago, I decided that since no one was telling the stories of how my people arrived in the far western NC region, Iwould take on the task. I realized that if I did not research these families and write their stories, many of the elders were going to pass away, leaving Black lives “invisible.” It took 5 years of research and 2 more years to have it produced and published by One Dozen Who Care, Inc. before my God-given vision became a reality.

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Praise for the book:

This is a monumental work. Ann Miller Woodford has gathered an astonishing amount of information, including old letters, church records, unpublished and previously published histories, mementos and diaries. She has spent some 7 years, visiting family elders, cemeteries and the abandoned sites of churches, factories and villages.…she began to weave this awesome tapestry of an “invisible culture” that not only survived trials and tribulations of the past 200 years, but actually fostered a vital energy and grew stronger.

-Gary Carden, Storyteller & Playwright

This book reveals the powerful story of a people who have been largely invisible in their own homeland. With extraordinary images and gripping narratives, Ann Miller Woodford opens a door to the homes, churches, and daily lives of the African-American people of far Western North Carolina. She unflinchingly captures the horrors imposed under Jim Crow, but also the kindness and decency of the mountain people, who offered friendship and a helping hand to their Black neighbors. You can almost hear the music… you can feel the pain, the heartbreak, the striving. Like any great drama, All God’s Children deals with obstacles and tragedy. But, ultimately, obstacles are overcome, and tragic circumstances yield to the indomitable human spirit. Historians and genealogists will treasure this book, but so will all who love humanity, America, the Southern Appalachians… and a great tale, told with grace and total honesty.

-Barbara McRae, Author, Genealogist and former Editor of the Franklin Press Newspaper