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Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs' 'More than a Fraction' Book Tour Adds Waverly Enoch Pratt Library
Saturday, January 19, 2019 Baltimore Author Dr. Kerri Hobbs to Speak at Waverly Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore on Her Creative Non-Fiction 'More Than a Fraction'
The book tour is in support of her creative non-fiction account of her enslaved ancestors' who lived at the Smithfield plantation in Virginia. During research for her heritage the documentation led her to a plantation in Blacksburg, Virginia where they arrived from a ship called Blue. The "More Than a Fraction" book presentation started in late 2017 with stops at Red Emma's Book Store in Baltimore and Virginia Tech University for their Civil War Studies Department. In 2018 Dr. Moseley-Hobbs presented the book at the Solitude Plantation estate for their Renaming Ceremony for the cabin known as the home of her ancestors, the Fractions and at the Down Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore for the African-American Studies Department and at the upcoming Edmondson Avenue Enoch Pratt Library on Saturday, September 15th.
"More Than a Fraction" takes place in Blacksburg, Virginia where her ancestors, the Fractions, were enslaved until the Civil War. It follows the Fraction brothers Thomas and Othello, who ran for their freedom as enslaved people by joining the Union Army. Theirs names are currently engraved on the War Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Today Dr. Hobbs is a member of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation Board of Trustees that oversees the historic estate, where the plantations were located, now called the grounds of Virginia Tech University. The Prestons, the original owners of the plantation, were the wealthiest family in Virginia at the time. The last heir to the Smithfield estate was William Ballard Preston, a former Virginia State Senator and as U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
Dr. Hobbs' ancestors, it was discovered, had a remarkable story; one so special one member named Virginia, a house servant, is buried with the Preston family at their cemetery. Dr. Hobbs is a direct descendant of Thomas Fraction, brother of Virginia. Thomas was noted by a local newspaper as a "well known colored man" when he passed away. The book presentation includes a very powerful Power-Point presentation where Dr. Hobbs connects the cultures of her ancestors' home land in Africa with the cultural norms of African-Americans in the U.S. today.
The "More Than a Fraction" book tour is sponsored by The Baltimore Times' foundation Times Community Services, Imagination Lunchbox Publications and www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. To learn more about = "More Than a Fraction" or the author Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs visit www.ImaginationLunchbox.com or email ImaginationLunchbox@