Posted on January 23, 2020
Local author Gene Stowe will speak at the annual meeting of the nonprofit organization Friends of the Union County Public Library on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Monroe Library. This is a free event and open to the community.
Stowe’s book, Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, tells the true story of an inheritance case in the Marvin section of Waxhaw. In the early twentieth century, two wealthy white sisters, cousins to a North Carolina governor, wrote identical wills that left their substantial estate to a black man and his daughter. As soon as the contents of the will became known, more than one hundred of Maggie Ross's scandalized cousins sued to break the will, claiming that its bequest to black people proved that Maggie Ross was mentally incompetent. Revealing the details of this case and of the lives of the people involved in it, Gene Stowe presents a story that sheds light on and gives greater nuance to our understanding of the Jim Crow South.
The Friends of the Union County Public Library is a support group that raises money for library programs. In addition, it presents three author events each year: its annual meeting in January featuring one or more local authors, a spring tea in April and an author dinner in the Fall.
You may join the Friends group for the low membership fee of $20. You are also welcome to become a working member of the Friends Board, to assist with the annual events. For information about the Friends activities, or upcoming meetings, call 704-283-8184 ext. 5221.