Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

Timothy B. Tyson

“Daddy and Roger and ’em shot ’em a nigger.” these phrases, whispered to ten-year-old Tim Tyson via a playmate, heralded a ?restorm that may perpetually rework the tobacco marketplace city of Oxford, North Carolina.

On may well eleven, 1970, Henry Marrow, a twenty-three-year-old black veteran, walked right into a crossroads shop owned through Robert Teel and got here out working. Teel and of his sons chased and beat Marrow, then killed him in public as he pleaded for his life.

Like many small Southern cities, Oxford had slightly been touched by means of the civil rights stream. yet within the wake of the killing, younger African americans took to the streets. whereas attorneys battled within the courthouse, the Klan raged within the shadows and black Vietnam veterans torched the town’s tobacco warehouses. Tyson’s father, the pastor of Oxford’s all-white Methodist church, advised town to come back to phrases with its bloody racial historical past. in spite of everything, besides the fact that, the Tyson kinfolk was once pressured to maneuver away.

Tim Tyson’s riveting narrative of that fiery summer time brings gritty blues fact, hovering gospel imaginative and prescient, and down-home humor to a stunning episode of our historical past. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Blood performed signal My Name is a vintage portrait of an unforgettable time and position.

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