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Author Cheryl Wills Tells Wartburg Of Her Ancestor's Flight From Slavery

Author Cheryl Wills recently gave a reading and signing at Wartburg.
Author Cheryl Wills recently gave a reading and signing at Wartburg. Photo Credit: Submitted

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Wartburg recently hosted a reading and signing of NY1 reporter Cheryl Wills at its Rehabilitation and Adult Day Services Center.

Wills' latest "The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills" is an illustrated children's book version of "Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale." Both books tell of Wills' great-great-great grandfather Sandy Wills, who fled his slave master and fought in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops.

“The Wartburg is honored to welcome back Cheryl Wills’ today as she continues to share the journey she has traveled in discovering her family’s tale that began with the Civil War 150 years ago with her latest book written especially for young readers," said David J. Gentner, Wartburg President and CEO.

"As Wartburg celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, it is fitting to remember the organization was founded in 1866 as The Wartburg Orphans’ Farm School, first a safe haven to children orphaned by the Civil War, and today for seniors who want a safe and stimulating environment in which to live," said Gentner. "Together the Wills’ family and Wartburg will continue to celebrate their rich heritage and create legacies for those to follow.”

Wills distributed selected pictures from the book along with crayons and invited all the children present to create their own illustrations. 

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