Remarkable Story of Slavery, Civil War, Forbidden Love, Implicit Relations, and the Decision That Forever Changed a Family in The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story

Pembroke Pines, FL, August 13, 2010 –(– Historical Biographer/ Autobiographer Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton today announced the release of The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story published by Outskirts Press. This remarkable true-life story tells the tale of Major John Knight Jr. – a White plantation owner, attorney, and decorated Confederate Civil War veteran and reveals the Knight family’s slave-owning history; Major John Knight’s valor during the Civil War; the forbidden union between him and his mulatto slave, Violet Knight; his decision to leave his estate to Violet and their children; an unprecedented court battle for control of the Knight estate by heirs; and son Jacob C. Knight’s courageous efforts to ensure his father’s deathbed wishes were carried out.

In 1886, Major John Knight Jr. summoned five witnesses to his deathbed. There, he did something extraordinary: He bequeathed his former slaves his estate. What followed is a story of courage, love, epic legal battles, and one remarkable turnabout: only years after being in bondage, Knight’s former slaves and their descendants entered the plantation house as masters of their domain-and their future.

Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton’s new historical biography/autobiography, a seven year undertaking, is a story of courage and incredible inner strength. Her successful venture is a testament that anyone can trace their ancestry. She delves deep into the psyche of every day people in an era and time when black-white relationships were taboo, while providing a revelation that we, as a people, are more one than many. She surreptitiously explores commonalities that bridge real and/or perceived barriers that divide us—barriers often attributed to national origin, ethnicity, class, and socio-economic factors. Finally, she examines the intent of the heart and the intrinsic bonds of family—only to uncover that the heart and family are indeed unifying forces.

The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story is perfect for Civil War buffs, Slavery Historians, Social Historians, Cultural Historians, Genealogists and Family History enthusiasts, and anyone with a genuine love for history and the implicit, although complex, and, often contradictory, human interactions of a foregone era.

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