On the Road with Rick Holmes: The power of America’s stories – Opinion – Brownwood Bulletin

Historical stories, told with respect for the truth and compassion for all involved, build community.

Rick Holmes, an award-winning journalist and longtime GateHouse Media columnist, is on the road in search of the ties that bind Americans – and the forces that pull them apart. With all eyes on Washington, Rick reports from real places too often reduced to primary colors on an election map.


BOWIE, Maryland – In a windowless brick room in the Belair Mansion, a modest exhibit tries to tell the story of hundreds of enslaved people who lived there. There’s not much to work with: Ledgers note some of the names they had been given – Liza, Negro Pompey, Little George, Rachel, Darkey and Ben – and their dollar value. Beyond that, a printed guide concedes that “records to date…

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