Book signing for Battle’s latest effort set for Sunday

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Historian and author Thelma Battle

Historian and author Thelma Battle


Local historian and author Thelma Battle will host a book signing event for her latest book, “Hog Head Cheese, Chitlins and Pluck”, from 2-4 p.m. on May 26 at the Williamson County Library’s main branch in Franklin. 

Battle’s newest book is a compilation of personal post-slavery stories (from the 1920s and past 2010) as related by local African Americans about “hog raising, hog eating and the aftereffects of such dealings.” It is written as an informative vehicle as well as a remembrance.

These narratives were personally collected by Battle from local African Americans who either lived on farms or lived in town and raised hogs before zoning restrictions. It is a presentation of life through choices, or restricted circumstances. 

Coincidently, 2019 is also the Year of the Pig, according to Chinese culture. The pig is the 12th in the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac.

Battle does not suggest the process of raising hogs, killing hogs and eating hogs was confined to any one race of people. “Hog Head Cheese, Chitlins and Pluck” mainly broadens the scope of printed collective local African American culture.

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