At historical society, Ann Williams discusses ‘Julia and Rose’

Williams-JuliaAndRoseInterested in local history? The Davidson Historical Society’s next meeting features author and historian Ann Williams discussing her new book, “The Uncommon Bond of Julia and Rose.”

The program is Sunday, March 6, at 4pm, at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson.

Set on a North Carolina Piedmont plantation during the first half of the 19th century, the book tells the story of an unusually close relationship between Julia and her slave Rose. Their observations and experiences reveal how complex slavery was, and how it differed from place to place and changed over time.

Although the story is fiction, the historical background of the book is very real. Ann has drawn from her decades of research, reading and interpretation at antebellum historic sites.

Ann Williams has been active in local history for over 30 years, with particular interest in Mecklenburg’s historic plantations: Latta, Hugh Torrance House and Store, Rural Hill, and Rosedale. She has done research at all of them, and tours at most. She is the author of “Your Affectionate Daughter,” Isabella which is drawn from the papers and experiences of the Torrance family of Cedar Grove. She is also co-editor of “A Life in Antebellum Charlotte: the Private Journal of Sarah F. Davidson, 1837.”

Books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public.

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