In honor of Black History month, Gene Stowe, a 1972 Monroe High School graduate and onetime reporter for The Union Observer, will talk about his book Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will. The book tells the true story of Maggie Ross’s will that left her 800-acre home place in Marvin, NC to a black man and his daughter. More than 100 cousins contested the bequest, leading to a sensational two-week trial in 1921 in the Union County Courthouse.
Gene grew up in the Carolinas and graduated from high school in Monroe. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in religion in 1975 and earned a Master of Theological Studies from Trinity Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. From 1981 to 1993, Gene was a reporter for The Charlotte Observer assigned to the Monroe Bureau, covering government, politics, business, religion, and human interest stories. I had a weekly column covering agriculture in the Carolinas and twice received the N.C. Farm Bureau’s writing award.
Everyone is welcome to attend this program. There is no cost and registration is not required. There will be an optional $2 lunch after the program.