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Author/Editor: Uncovering the Narratives of Free Black Communities in Africaville

January 14, 2020

Jeffrey Colvin’s epic family saga Africaville is the remarkable result of 20 years of research on the little-known free black communities throughout North America. The debut novel tracks three generations of the Sebolts, a free black family that settled in Nova Scotia. Colvin takes kernels of fact from the real Africville and constructs an unforgettable fictional place filled with uncompromising characters who face universal truths.

Colvin discussed writing, revising, and publishing his book with his editor Patrik Henry Bass of Amistad Press.