By Storyteller Jim May
This is a true story set in rural McHenry County, Illinois in the 1920s and 1930s about John Henry Higler, a man who claimed to be former slave who assimilated into an all white farm community.
- Can you imagine living and working in a community where there was no one who shared your background and “race”?
- Do you think this account of John Henry being a beloved member of a white farming community in the early part of the 20th century is hopeful or simply a story that whites told to assuage their guilt about white privilege?
- Have you ever gone to a graveyard and imagined the stories behind the people buried there?
- United Farm Workers Latino and Black farm workers activism – http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/03.html
- The Farm on Nippersink Creek by Jim May (pp.145-149)
- Running With The Horsemen by Ferrell Sams. A novel about farm work in the south and relationships between the races.
- African American/Black History
- Crossing Cultures
- European American/Whites