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Theinspiringtrue story ofanenslaved woman who liberated an infamousslavejailandtransformeditintoone of the nation's firstHBCUsInThe Devil's Half Acre,NewYorkTimesbestselling author Kristen Greendrawson years ofresearchto tell the extraordinaryandlittle-knownstoryof youngMary Lumpkin, anenslaved woman whoblazeda pathofliberationfor thousands.Shewasforced tohave the children ofabrutalslavetraderand liveon the premises ofhisslave jail,known as the "Devil's Half Acre."Whensheinheritedthejailafter the death of her slaveholder, shetransformedit into "God's Half Acre," aschoolwhereBlack men couldfulfill theirdreams.Itstill exists today as Virginia Union University, one of America's firstHistorically BlackColleges and Universities.

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