White Lilacs

Published 2001 - Still available in paperback

Based on actual events in a small Texas town in the 1920s, the story of Rose Lee Jefferson is set in the African American community of Freedomtown.


Young Rose Lee Jefferson is shocked to learn that the white residents of Dillon, Texas, want to raze the city's black enclave, Freedomtown, and build a park in its place. Rose Lee and other residents of Freedomtown cannot bear the thought of losing their homes and relocating. But fighting the city's plans could be costly--or even life threatening. In the end, will the families of Freedomtown be able to save their thriving community, or will they be forced to leave their homes and neighbors?

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