Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history. He didn’t even know the names of his great-grandparents. That didn’t bother him until he had kids and wanted to share with them stories about their ancestors.
So he began a search, armed with only early boyhood memories, from his home in Baltimore for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to try to find his late grandfather’s old home by the railroad tracks in Blairs, Virginia. Jackson describes his journey in a new book, “My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War.”