Family Reunion Forum
Pensons-Pinsons return to plantation
Pensons-Pinsons return to ancestors' plantation
By Winston Skinner
Editor's Note: In this first person account of a visit by the Penson-Pinson Family Reunion to Cedar Hill, the home of Walter and Sara Jane Skinner near Moreland, Winston Skinner reflects of the connections between black and white people in the past and today. Most of the visitors, who are black, spell their name "Penson," while early white settlers used "Pinson."
Slavery is an ugly word.
Yet it also is a part of our history in Coweta County and across the American South, the backdrop for today. On Saturday morning I was reminded of how the stories of folk -- black and white -- are entwined.
Elizabeth Beers, Newnan's historical tour lady without peer, invited me along as she met a busload of people -- the Penson-Pinson Family Reunion -- headed to Cedar Hill, the rural, antebellum home where my parents Walter and Sarah Jane Skinner have enjoyed living for the past 30 years or so.
Cedar Hill was built for William Boyd "Buck" Pinson, an early Coweta settler and planter.