A couple of months ago, someone posted a comment to my Black Nashville blog to let me know that a new book had come out. The book was the one above; the author, Sheryll Cashin, was here speaking on campus today and I couldn’t go! I’m so disappointed. But, there are plans to put her audio online so I’ll keep checking for it.
Sheryll Cashin is a descendant of Herschel V. Cashin (1854-1924) a lawyer from Alabama. Her father, John Cashin Jr., started the National Democratic Party of Alabama. The family has an interesting history and I came to learn of them from research I’d been doing for the Black Nashville blog on James Carroll Napier, a prominent former citizen of Nashville. Herschel’s daughter Minnie went to Fisk University and she married JC’s nephew. I haven’t finished reading this book, but what I have read has been inspiring and it’s really put a personal touch on people in her family whose names I’ve only seen on paper.
Maybe I’ll write to her to see if she’s interested in copies of some of the documents I’ve pulled together on her family/extended family.