New book documents preservation of African-American heritage

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Sam Barber chronicles ‘A Journey To Purchasing And Naming The Brown Hill Cemetery’

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Sam Barber shares “A Journey To Purchasing And Naming The Brown Hill Cemetery” (published by Xlibris) in an initiative to prevent the loss of the African-American community’s heritage in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina. With this book, he promotes fairness and justice to all citizens there and other places facing similar conditions.

The process of preserving the African-American heritage of Greenville uncovered volumes about the injustices of local, state and governmental officials regarding the equality and justice of life and death of African-American citizens. The dead from generations past are remembered as Barber’s documents chronicle. That despite the African-American’s daily struggles for a good and equitable life, their legacies tell a sordid story of injustices and inequality endured by an entire race of people for generations. According to the author, a review of historic research suggests that this book is a unique contribution to the cemetery literature of African-Americans. Barber also adds that while it speaks specifically to the citizens of Greenville, the policies and practices of racial injustices and inequality demonstrated by officials when African-American cemeteries are city-owned and operated can be applied anywhere in America.

“Hopefully it will motivate and inspire the Greenville African-American community as well as other communities, to take action to ensure egalitarian resources and treatment with city-owned cemeteries,” Barber says. He cites the Black Live Matter Movement as “eminently relevant” to the subject of his book, which is a rich and valuable source of genealogical information that also paints a blistering profile of local, state and governmental officials with regards to the biased social, cultural, educational, political and economic practices in Greenville. Readers with an appreciation of history, as well as those who believe in – and advocate - for civil rights will find this sober yet respectful glimpse into history to be informative in regards to both past events and present circumstances as well.

“A Journey To Purchasing And Naming The Brown Hill Cemetery”
By Sam Barber
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 334 pages | ISBN 9781493188277
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 334 pages | ISBN 9781493188284
E-Book | 334 pages | ISBN 9781493188260
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sam Barber graduated from Trenton High School, Howard University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is an authority on the once internationally famous Wings Over Jordan Choir. His religious activities include participation at the Hill’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Trenton, North Carolina, Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Chicod, North Carolina; Sycamore Hill, St. Mary, Hayes Chapel, Philippi-Simpson and Cornerstone, all ON-SITE Missionary Baptist Churches in Greenville.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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