2023 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award Winner
The Rev. A.S.J. Allen was a respected African American community leader in Alachua County, Florida. In 1904, he was killed by a white neighbor over a property border dispute. In the Jim Crow era, the white neighbor faced no consequences for his actions.
Growing up, Alonzo Felder heard just a few stories about his great-grandfather A.S.J. Allen. As an adult, Felder's research into the life and death of A.S.J. Allen became a journey of self-discovery. In this book the author shares his process, providing guidance to others seeking to discover the stories of their ancestors.
"I've learned so much from Alonzo Felder. He's been a guide to me, he's been a mentor, and a dear friend to me and my family. When you get to know Alonzo Felder, you realize quickly he is an indefatigable searcher for the truth. In this case, for the truth of the life and tragic death of A.S.J. Allen, but also for the dignity and the oneness of humanity that Alonzo brings to all of his work." -- Dr. Paul Ortiz