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Book: My Halls Hill Family: More than a Neighborhood



My Halls Hill Family: More Than a Neighborhood is about a small community that got its start in 1850 when 327 acres of land were purchased by a white man, Bazil Hall for a plantation. Following the Civil War, neighborhood residents were all African American. Many of them were descendants of slaves. The community was walled off and fenced in by developers with the permission of the county government from the early 1930’s until the 1960’s. Despite racism and Jim Crow laws allowing discrimination, the people of Halls Hill not only survived, they thrived.

This book is a historic memoir that tells the history of the Halls Hill neighborhood from the perspective of the author’s family. Her dad, George Mason Jones, Sr. and her mom, Idabel Greene Jones were born and lived their entire lives in the Halls Hill community. Halls Hill was more than a neighborhood. The residents established organizations and institutions that are still in existence today, Halls Hill residents had a determined mindset. Gratitude. Faith. Hard work. Because of that mindset this neighborhood became a part of the movement.

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Bowker, 2018

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