Sam Lemon will discuss his book “Go Stand Upon the Rock” at the Providence Friends Meeting. The discussion is on of Providence Friends’ “Inspired Pasta and Courageous Conversations”. Enjoy a pasta lunch at 12:30 followed by the book discussion at 1pm.
Go Stand Upon the Rock is a deeply moving story based on real people and events in the lives of a runaway slave and his family, who witness some of the most compelling moments in antebellum American history. It is a tale of unsettling plantation life, courageous women, dramatic Civil War battles, heroes and hoodoo, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. This novel is based on the family history handed down to Lemon by his maternal grandmother, Maud Ray Ridley Ortiga – the granddaughter of former runaway slaves. Go Stand Upon the Rock is a tapestry of interwoven stories of a remarkable family’s journey through history that began with his great-great grandfather Cornelius Ridley’s epic 300 mile walk to freedom in the North to escape from bondage on his putative father’s plantation. It also follows his wife Martha Jane Parham, as she strives to escape her horrible fate as a breeding woman on the neighboring Fortsville Plantation.