8 March 2021: I wish I could announce that The Alabama Black McGruders is here…but it’s not quite yet. I’ll post more info as soon as I have it.
J.R. Rothstein, the principal author, has worked with a team of family historians and genealogists, other researchers, and editors, to craft and document this narrative of the family through multiple generations. I am honored to have worked on the manuscript, in a role that evolved into “lead editor” and sometimes “chief nag.” This is a greatly expanded version of the story published on this site a few years back.
Early in the process, J.R. Rothstein was contacted by a literary and media agent about pitching the story to a major T.V. network. The happy result is a short segment on The Alabama Black McGruders, airing in the second episode of the new ABC documentary series, Soul of a Nation. Here’s a clip! You can meet family members, including 95 year-old Lucille B. Osborne, and see the McGruder family land in Sawyersville, Alabama.
If you are related, or think you might be, the best people to contact are JR Rothstein and Jill McGruder. You can reach JR at jrr483(at)gmail.com.
Jill has built the family tree, and may be able to link your folks to one of the branches. If you’re on Facebook, join one of the Magruder/McGruder groups and post a message for Jill & the rest of the family. If you’re not on Facebook, contact me and I’ll pass on your details to Jill.