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150 Years Later- Broken ties Mended

Book Review by Bernice Bennett

A story, a life, a mystery, a celebration and a legacy…this is how I describe the newly released 150 years Later- Broken Ties Mended…written by Melvin J. Collier.

This book will captivate and transport the reader through a wonderful journey of discovering an extended family grounded in oral history and supported by factual data. In addition, each chapter of the book provides the historical context to grasp and understand the impact of slavery in this country. The setting for this book is in Mississippi and South Carolina.

The miraculous connections with long lost family members; researchers and other individuals brought tears to my eyes. I was particularly moved by the description of Collier’s meeting with Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers – a woman he may not have even spoken too if she had not been sitting on her porch. I was also moved by a speech given at the family reunion in Abbeville, South Carolina. In addition, I was just amazed at the large number of extended family members united to celebrate their connectivity and to honor their ancestors.

Collier has an interesting style of introducing a topic, telling a story, intertwining history and then asking questions. As I read the questions, I wondered if he was actually talking to himself and then plotting his next course of research. It was very clear that every question did lead Collier to a new journey that always seemed to end with an adventure, a healing place emotionally, and a lesson learned.

Mr. Melvin Collier is an excellent researcher as well as teacher. I strongly recommend reading this book.

This book can be purchased at

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