An Intimate Portrait of a Family Unfolds in Legacy

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New book presents a fascinating pictorial history of seven generations of one family.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is the principle behind author Yvonne Foster Southerland’s Legacy: Seven Generations of a Family, published through Xlibris.

Unlike other biographical books, Legacy presents a pictorial history of the author’s family, with far more pages of photographs and documents than there are pages of written text. It is her attempt to share their family history with the younger generation in an interesting way, limiting the biographical profiles to one page and allowing the pictures to speak for themselves. This way, she hopes to make the experience of “reading” the photos in Legacy to be a magical one as it was for her as a child, a time when photos were only viewed on rare occasions.

Southerland’s ancestors, like the ancestors of most African-Americans, were strong, honest and hardworking. They were basically ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary feats. Up from slavery, poverty, and lack of education, each generation worked to push the next generation up one more rung on the ladder. They were great believers in education as the means of lifting themselves up by their bootstraps, and made incredible sacrifices to educate their children.

Through Legacy, the author invites readers to view an intimate portrait of her family and travel with her to Forsyth, Georgia of the 1880s and later to Macon, Georgia of the early 1900s. From there, the journey continues to Talladega, Alabama, Cheyney, Pennsylvania, and finally to Lincoln University. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine arts, Yvonne Southerland holds a Masters degree from Pratt Institute, the Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from City College of New York, and certificates from the University of Florence and the New York School of Interior Design. She has taught in public schools in Pennsylvania and New York as well as the American School in Gelnhausen, Germany and the American School of Languages in Florence, Italy. While in Italy, she also edited “Florence and its Hills,” a tour guide of Florence. More recently, while teaching in New York City, she served as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey for the PRAXIS Subject Assessment in Art. She has also served as a consultant to the Middle Schools Program in Visual Literacy of the Museum of Modern Art. As an art educator, she has supervised student teachers from Medgar Evers and Brooklyn Colleges and is now retired after twenty-seven years of teaching. Under Mrs. Southerland’s direction, students created a mural for the African Burial Ground Project which was displayed at the burial site in lower Manhattan. Her students’ art has been displayed at the legislative Art Exhibition, Albany, New York, Sotheby’s, Lever House, the Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo, the Museum of the American Indian, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Brooklyn Arts Council at the Brooklyn Museum. Over the years she has also coordinated art exhibitions for community organizations such as Cultural Crossroads at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Brooklyn Public Library, Magnolia tree Earth Center, Southerland Galleries, and the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza. One of Ms. Southerland’s many interests is historic preservation and she is restoring a brownstone built in 1891 in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. The building was on Display in both 1991 and 1998 for the house tour sponsored by the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, and houses an art gallery as well as a collection of African sculpture and paintings by African-American artists.

Legacy * by Yvonne Foster Southerland
Seven Generations of a Family
Publication Date: October 18, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 543 pages; 978-1-4535-1461-0
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 543 pages; 978-1-4535-1462-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-1463-4

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