Book: Grace & Mercy Brought US Through by Phyllis Jean Robinsoncategories: Book, Historical Fiction, Family Memories, Oral History, Black Circuit Riders, Methodist Circuit Riders, Slavery, Emancipation Proclamation, Blacks, Civil War, Underground Railroad, Black Plantation L, African American History
Phyllis Jean Robinsonabout this book: Grace and Mercy Brought Us Through chronicles the life of Rev Aaron Davis who was born into chattel slavery in 1846. We follow his life from birth, through his youth as a slave on the Gordan Plantation. Before his death, Aaron's master, a Methodist minister, frees him and recommends him to the church leaders so that he can become a circuit riding preacher for the church. Aaron pursues his ministry in Mississippi during the Civil War.
The primary readers of this book are people who have an interest in American History and the place of African Americans in that history. Grace and Mercy Brought Us Through is loosely based on oral history and family memories of my maternal great grandfather. I was fascinated and inspired to write the story after I read a short story that my Mother had written about her grand father. After talking to my mother about the family members that she referenced and doing some other preliminary research I decided that Aaron Davis' story had to be told.
The title, Grace and Mercy Brought Us Through comes from a familiar church hymn. The book cover shows a photograph of Rev. Aaron Davis with two of his granddaughters. My Mother, Ann Brown, is one of them.
The hardest part of writing this story included doing the research that I needed in order for the historical facts in the story to be correct. I learned so much from both the family genealogical research and historical research that I didn't know and I found the information to be fascinating. I also learned that it is important to talk to our family members. They have fascinating stories to tell that teaches us about ourselves.
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