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Re: [Research] the Eskridge plantations

Greetings. I am the author of "Akee Tree, A Descendan'ts Search for His Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations," which you mentioned was reviewed by Tony Burroughs.

In answer to the question as to the locations of the four Eskridge plantations I researched and covered in my book, only the remnants of two remain; one at Sandy Point, VA and the other at Duck Hill, MS.

There is no physical site that remains of the two in Rockwood, TN and Edgefield, SC. Here are a few comments on the book: TONY BURROUGHS "Akee Tree begins as an interesting search for African American roots. Hanks started off right in 1989, collecting oral history and family records...Chapter six gives vivid details of life aboard a slave ship and life as a slave in America, as if written for a novel."

ALAN HUFFMAN, author of Mississippi In Africa, "AKEE TREE is a rare kind of book, qualifying as both an epic history and a very personal memoir. As Hanks recounts his search for his roots in the U.S. and Africa, he takes the reader on what is at times a remarkably wild ride. As genealogies go, the book is original and provocative, and anything but dry."

ANN E. ESKRIDGE, author of Slave Uprisings and Runaways, Fighting for Freedom and the Underground Railroad, "From Portland, Oregon to Africa, to small towns in America's heartland, Stephen Hanks has traced his roots, giving us a thorough understanding of what it takes to research ancestry. His tenaciousness and persistence over this ten year adventure into family identity has culminated with writing this compelling book."

I met Tony Burroughs at the West Coast African American Genealogy Summit in Oakland, CA in 2005 where I discussed my book. He was the keynote speaker at the conference. I was honored to have had him attend my discussion and to later visit with one of the leading experts on genealogy. I appreciated the advice and ideas he shared on tracing our roots.

May you and all others have continued success in the quest for knowing our past.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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