Slave's Memoirs Help Florida Woman

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A new book about slavery has opened a historic chapter for one family, bringing them from Florida to Virginia.

Eighty-nine-year-old Florida resident Ruth Washington made a recent trip to Virginia to pay respects to a man she is just now beginning to know.

Until a few weeks ago, Washington had no idea that her grandfather, John Washington, was a slave.

That came to light in a new book by Yale historian David Blight. The book tells the story of two slaves, Washington, and Wallace Turnage of North Carolina, who wrote about their ordeals after the war.

Ruth Washington recently took a trip to Fredericksburg to see John Washington's slave's-eye view of Fredericksburg. She says her grandfather died the year she was born, so she never knew him. Her father never talked about that dark chapter in the family history.


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