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Shedding new light on a legendary war hero, this picture book profiles the religious devotion of Civil War general Thomas J. Jackson. A professor at the Virginia Military Institute, Jackson broke state law by teaching reading and writing to black citizens attending Lexington Presbyterian Church’s Sunday school. He continued his classes even after being threatened with prosecution, because he wanted his students to become better men and women through education.
Years later, after leaving Lexington to join the Confederate army, he still prayed for them and sent money to the school. In turn, his devoted students loved and respected him. Many of them became influential members of the community. One, a Presbyterian minister, honored Jackson with a stained-glass window at his church in Roanoke, Virginia. The window, inscribed with Jackson’s last words, still attracts visitors every year who want to witness the influence of Jackson’s Sunday school.
About the Author
Rickey E. Pittman, storyteller, author, and musician, was the Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition. In addition to his freelance journalism, editing, and nonfiction writing, he has published numerous pieces of fiction. He is the author of Stories of the Confederate South, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, Scottish Alphabet, and Confederate Alphabet, all published by Pelican.
About the Illustrator
Lynn Hosegood teaches art at a retirement community in her local area and runs a home-based business specializing in prints of Virginia historical sites and college campuses. A member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, she has studied portraiture and limning. She lives with her husband in Williamsburg, Virginia.
STONEWALL JACKSON’S BLACK SUNDAY SCHOOL
By Rickey E. Pittman
Illustrated by Lynn Hosegood
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus