The White Spot

The White Spot

When my adoptive father attended UVA’s medical school from 1957-1961, Charlottesville was segregated. He wasn’t allowed to eat in restaurants or go to movie theaters. He wasn’t allowed to visit Monticello, US President (and UVA founder) Thomas...
Teresa Walker Price

Teresa Walker Price

One of the highlights of my time in Charlottesville, VA was spending a few hours with Teresa Walker Price. ⠀ When my adoptive dad talked about his time at UVA, Teresa usually came up. She was one of a few allies the Black medical students had at a time when Blacks...
University of Virginia Medical School

University of Virginia Medical School

One of the main reasons we went to Virginia last month was to attend University of Virginia’s inaugural Black Medical Alumni Weekend. It originally had been scheduled for June 2020, and my adoptive father, Bill Womack, had been invited as alumni. But it was postponed...
Visiting my dad’s childhood home

Visiting my dad’s childhood home

I’m sharing my first true “sound bite from the road” – originally published in my audio newsletter.  I recorded it on the first morning of my first Traveling My Roots trip last month. I think it captures the flavor of what this project is about. What...
Paying my Respects to the Smiths

Paying my Respects to the Smiths

During our last morning in Lynchburg we stopped by the Old City Cemetery on a mission to find the resting place of my adoptive great-grandfather William R. Smith (1852-1928) and his wife, Rosa Crawford Smith (1865-1945). ⠀ Established in 1806, Old City Cemetery is the...