Mules and Men
Tell My Horse

Dust Tracks on a Road

Additional Recommended Reading

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Selected Works of Zora Neal Hurston

Summer Reading Program


Jonah’s Gourd Vine
Their Eyes were Watching God
Moses, Man of the Mountain

Barracone: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston 

The story of Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilde, the last slave ship to make the transatlantic journey.

Join us on June 24th for the first discussion in our Summer Reading Program. We will meet in the Parish Hall and online on Zoom B, 7-9 pm. The books we will discuss are:

A Glimpse Into The Black Experience in the United States

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo 

A novel based on the true story of Ellen, a fair skin black woman, and William Craft, who in 1848 disguised themselves as a disabled white man and his black manservant and traveled from Georgia to Philadelphia.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The novel begins with two Ghanaian sisters who lead parallel, yet divergent lives: one stays in Ghana and becomes a wealthy slave traders’ wife; one is sold into slavery and sent to America.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

A slave escapes a Georgia plantation and makes her way toward freedom, suffering horrifying setbacks along the way.

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Slave Narratives & Other Non-Fiction

The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots by John Swanson Jacobs


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs


Harriet Jacobs: A Life by Jean Fagan Yellin

Longform Journalism

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones & The New York Times Magazine

Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup 

The autobiography about a free man in upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in New Orleans.