JC Honeycutt

JC Honeycutt

Charlotte, NC

My husband’s grandmother emigrated from Poland to escape the pogroms she was subject to as a Jew. She hid her true heritage, afraid she would be sent back: I realized she was Jewish when my husband asked how she had celebrated Christmas in Poland. “The priest came & asked us for money, ” she said. “If we had none to give, he beat us with a cat-of-nine-tails.” It was only after her death that her Jewish heritage was confirmed. My own ancestors came from Scotland & Ireland when North Carolina was still the frontier: they came as political refugees or to escape starvation. The English-born founders of my town moved from NC to “free” midwest territories when local authorities re-enslaved the slaves they tried to free. None of them pulled in the “Welcome” mat after themselves: why should I?

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