In this episode, Dawn continues on the topic of racism with her conversation with Tom DeWolf, about his book Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, in which he traces his ancestor’s involvement in the slave trade, and comes to terms with his past.
You can learn more about Tom at his website. He is also involved in Coming to the Table, a non-profit dedicated to provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.
He also co-wrote Gather at the Table:: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade with Sharon Morgan. Sharon, who is the descendant of slaves, and Tom met through their work with Coming to The Table. The book chronicles their journey together and they investigate their shared, although vastly different, histories, and discuss the last legacy that slavery has left in this country.