Will Hairston is a white man who descends from one of the largest slaveholding empires in the Old South. The story of his family’s complex web of relationships over many generations, from being slave owners through the recent past, is told in Henry Wiencek’s book The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White.
When he was eighteen years old, Will attended the annual family reunion of the “Hairston Clan,” an 800-person-strong gathering of an African-American family with roots in the South and a direct connection to Will. Read more.
Adding this to the “must read” list. — tanya b.
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