Ransom Hunter: Slave Turned Property Baron

Originally published by the Gaston Gazette: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

No plaques or memorials there state that he is strongly believed to be the first freed slave to have owned property in Gaston County. Nor that his home, livery stable and makeshift general store became the hub of a thriving black community known as “Freedom” in the 19th century.

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Grits, Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie, Oh My!

Amazingly, the most popular key word searches for this little blog about books and writing continues to be food-based terms, particular grits, fried chicken and sweet potato pie.  For all of you Southern and Soul Foodies out there looking for a satisfying read, please check out the resources at one of my favorite periodicals:  Our State, a magazine that features the delicious cuisine of North Carolina.