Author Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis’s new book “My Ancestral Voices” is a riveting collection of stories covering five generations, from slavery to the present day.

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A recently released novel, “My Ancestral Voices”, author Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis, published by Page Publishing is a stirring compilation of Blackburn family stories that her ancestors and five subsequent generations lived and told; how her great-grandfather walked from Virginia to Romulus, Alabama, in search of the mother, father, and sister who had been sold and sent farther south during slavery; how he became the founder of Holly Spring Missionary Baptist Church; how and why the people buried in the church cemetery are arranged in a social hierarchy; and how her ancestors, five generations of family members, have added their voices to these stories.

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Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis is a gifted learner and educator who was raised on a sharecropper’s farm, earned a doctoral degree from a prestigious university, and enjoyed a sixty-two-year marriage to her high school sweetheart. She has published her new book “My Ancestral Voices”: which is a poignant record of one family’s generational journey through challenges, tragedies, and triumphs from the nineteenth century to the present.

Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis wrote My Ancestral Voices at the age of seventy-four. She tells stories about people and events that occurred in the Alabama community where her ancestors lived for five generations. Dr. Lewis uses autobiographies and biographies to describe events by details and dialogue that are either true, assumed, or plausible. Dr. Lewis, a member of the fifth generation, tells how she drew strength from the historical accounts of survival of her people through slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, racial segregation, educational inequality, sharecropping, the civil rights movement, the Second World War, Northern and Western Diaspora, and her ancestors beating great odds to succeed in landowning and community development and in fields of medicine, law, education, and business.

The Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church was erected by the first generation of ancestors who were all freed slaves. It is still in service to the community of Romulus (Ralph) Alabama. The church stands as a monument to its members, who rose up from slavery to create a lasting legacy of hope, love, and family.

Published by Page Publishing, Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis’s engrossing book is a compelling portrait of an American family through five generations.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “My Ancestral Voices” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
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