The new edition of Michigan History magazine is out, and included is a piece by yours truly entitled "The Man With the Branded Hand" about Michigander and abolitionist Jonathan Walker of Muskegon. His son Lloyd Garrison Walker is featured in a sidebar, along with one on the National Abolition Hall of Fame (does anyone know of it?!). Incredibly, this is the first occasion for the story to be told in the fabled pages of the State's premier popular history periodical. Congrats! to the editorial staff for wanting such a story to be told.
So why a "branded hand"? You see, Walker was a virtuous man who wanted to help enslaved people escape their chains, and so he ... well, perhaps you should get a copy of the magazine and see the whole and fascinating account of his life and deeds.
Also is featured with an image on the cover and another typically well-done story by Le Roy Barnett: "The Hero Who Was a Horse" about "Winchester" also known as "Riezi", the horse made famous (or was it the other way around ... ?) by Philip A. Sheridan, the Civil War general who helped the Union gain the victory.
Hope folks will read the entire issue as it is full of interesting stories.