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Author discusses shameful episode in local history
Phillips' book 'Blood at the Root' chronicles racial purge in early 20th century Forsyth County
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Attendees pack Grace Episcopal Church during a discussion and book signing in Gainesville on Saturday by author Patrick Phillips. - photo by David Barnes
The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Gainesville, took note of a full house on a Saturday afternoon. “With these many people, we have to take up an offering,” Higginbotham cracked. Scores turned out to hear from National Book Award finalist Patrick Phillips discuss his latest work, “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America.”