2015 marks the sesquicentennial of Reconstruction, the period in United States history immediately following the Civil War, from 1865 to 1877. Slavery and Reconstruction represent some of darkest periods in U.S. history. But yet, there are so many stories of survival, resilience, perseverance, and heroism. Most children (most people) are not familiar with those stories.

Many of the books I’ve created celebrate the stories of these little-known heroes. Bill Traylor, born enslaved, became one of our country’s most important outsider artists. John Roy Lynch went from teenage slave to U.S. Congressman inside of 10 years. And George Moses Horton became the first African American to be published in the south, writing poems protesting his enslavement.

On the Freedom Tour, I — along with my collaborators, Kelly Starling Lyons and Chris Barton — will share these important stories. Thanks to my publishers and the SCBWI for making this possible.

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