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“Deeply compelling both as a personal narrative and as history…”

REGINA E. MASON
is the great-great-great granddaughter of pioneering autobiographer William Grimes. She has spent fifteen years researching the life of her remarkable ancestor, his wife, their children, and the communities in which they lived. She has shared her amazing search for William Grimes and the importance of his slave narrative in American History with students on various college campuses, most notably, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, and with middle and high school students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has presented to Bay Area educational organizations, such as, Words That Made America, and has appeared on C-Span's Book TV along with her acclaimed co-editor William L. Andrews. Regina is currently working on the documentary Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes with independent filmmaker Sean Durant.

Her quest for roots was sparked by a 5th grade class assignment on origins where she thought she hadn't a history worth trumpeting. She spent nearly a lifetime turning a negative into a positive that would one day culminate with a new, authoritative, edition of her ancestor's narrative. Now she encourages students of all ages and backgrounds— with a particular fondness for 5th graders— to explore their own histories to understand how seemingly ordinary citizens who, in their own circumstances and surroundings, have contributed richly to the fabric of their communities and ultimately America.

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