'Under the Light of Darkness' author recounts slavery roots

May 21, 2014

Retired teacher, preacher and storyteller Victoria A. Casey McDonald will discuss her book, “Under the Light of Darkness” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Under the Light of Darkness” is a historical fiction account of her great-grandparent's romance as slaves in the antebellum South. McDonald says of her book, "It is an attempt to share with the reader that a slave's life was never his or her own… for the slave worked from sunrise to sunset."

The novel takes place in the Qualla area of Jackson County and the Waynesville area of Haywood County. McDonald's great-great grandmother Martha and her daughter Amanda were both slaves of William Holland Thomas, the white Principle Chief of the Cherokee.

McDonald's great-grandfather, William Hudson Casey, was born a free man in Waynesville. From the oral history of her family and biographies of William Holland Thomas, McDonald spins her tale of the everyday life and romance.

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