The Silver Anniversary
Verdie tells Jason one Sunday, that she feels a little lost because she knows very little about her family history. She tells him that she has a wooden box that had some of her father's things in it, but that's about it. She suggests that he might be able to help her piece the history together. Jason is confused as to why Verdie might think that he could help, but Grandpa reminds him that Jason may be able to get into places that Verdie can't and get some information. Inside the box is a medallion, which Verdie shows Jason, but she doesn't know what it is.
The pair head off to the county courthouse to try to find further information on Verdie's mother, and they work back from there, gathering clues as they go. They find the cemetary and the graves of her grandparents and then find the church records giving an address where they lived. The elderly, white lady living there though, is very unhelpful and quite rude to Verdie. Grandpa steps in to help and the lady finally allows them in to search through her records. It turns out that Verdie's grandparents were owned by this family, and finally Verdie stumbles upon an art book with paintings and drawings in it. One of the white daughters painted, and one of the paintings is Verdie's grandfather as a baby, being held by his father, who has Verdie's medallion around his neck. The medallion was worn by slaves.
Back on Waltons Mountain, Elizabeth is trying to do her part for the war effort. She is writing to a soldier, after she saw a newspaper article asking for people to write to soldiers. However she pretends that she is 18, rather than 12. Erin tells her that she should tell him the truth, but Elizabeth thinks he would be more interested if he thought she were older. She hopes that the soldier will write back, but he surprises her by actually coming to visit instead. He realises the truth as soon as Elizabeth opens the door for him, but he forgives her and stays to dinner, enjoying the company of a family for a change.
- I was intrigued to read that Lynn Hamilton actually visited her ancestral home of Africa some time ago, to try to understand just how her family had come to America and the conditions that they endured when they were first taken as slaves to the Slave Castle.