Margaret Jones Bolsterli of Fayetteville is well known in Arkansas history circles for her outstanding series of booksy. Recently she published a most remarkable account of her recently discovered black ancestors.

Titled Kaleidoscope: Redrawing an American Family Tree, Bolsterli's new book tells the story of her great-great-grandfather, a free mulatto named Jordan Chavis who owned a large plantation near Vicksburg, Miss. Even before 1859 when Mississippi expelled its free black population, members of the Chavis family moved across the Mississippi River and started "passing" as white.

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