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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Shared History Brings Difficult Truths, New Connections

Andrea Scott, left, and Ann Walling speak at Parnassus Books. In the background is a photo of Andrea's great-great-great-grandmother Mary Scott holding Walling as a baby. (Kim Green)

Andrea Scott, left, and Ann Walling speak at Parnassus Books. In the background is a photo of Andrea’s great-great-great-grandmother Mary Scott holding Walling as a baby. (Kim Green)

Tennessee author Ann Walling wanted to write a story about her family history. Her relatives in Mississippi had owned slaves, and even when Ann was growing up in the Jim Crow era, the family had black servants who only came in the house through the back door.

Walling’s book “Sunday Dinner: Coming of Age in the Segregated South” grapples with her family’s attitude toward race and heritage. But as Emily Siner of Here & Now Contributor WPLN in Nashville reports, she recently met a descendant of one of those slaves who would change her perspective even more.

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  • Emily Siner, enterprise reporter at WPLN and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She tweets @SinerSays.

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