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A tale of two Virginia families, both named Sizemore

A tale of two Virginia families, both named Sizemore

Amid this racially tense culture in Virginia and America, a thought-provoking book has been written by Bill Sizemore, retired reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk and a journalistic friend.

“Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery” (Brandylane Publishers, 149 pgs., $18.95) is a story about Sizemore’s slave-owning ancestors, their slaves and those slaves’ descendants. In a way, it’s the story of the old South and the new South within the context of one extended family.

Raised in the small segregated community of Clarksville, Va., with its segregated schools, churches, clubs and public accommodations, Sizemore explained, “I...

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