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Future Book Talks

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest—A True Story of the Jim Crow South
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Truevine is the true story of George and Willie Muse, African American brothers who were kidnapped from a Virginia tobacco field in 1899 and displayed as circus freaks, and their mother, who embarked on a decades-long struggle to get them back and to get justice for her family. As circus attractions, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined more than a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, author Beth Macy has created a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications for race relations today.

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