John Thomas Fowler tells two tales: the story of Trotting Sally, a once-familiar street musician to residents of the upcountry of South Carolina and western North Carolina; and the real man few knew -- George Mullins, who lifted himself out of slavery and built a new life, brick by brick. Fowler fleshes out the public figure and reveals the private man behind one of the Carolinas' most famous and elusive turn-of-the-century African Americans.Fowler takes extra care in sharing historical and family facts creating an outstanding collection of nearly lost history and folklore. This biography reads like a historical outline with almost soup opera proportions about love and betrayal, civil war and hard times, freedom and courage all bound in the life of a street performer. A great read!

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