So it was, that I decided to start this blog and bring all of those stories into the 21st century, forever immortalized in this digital web format. I acted out of a sense of deep urgency, afraid that the orality of our family's epic tale might die with my generation. I fear that my generation has nurtured the last students of history.
My vision for this project is limited. I just know one thing - our story must be preserved. It was not until fairly recently that I realized why the Barnes, James, Johnson story is so compelling. It is the quintessential American narrative. These narratives are wrought with conflict, racial paradoxes, love, beauty, and majesty.
So, Family, I hope you will help me shape all of your stories so that future generations will continue telling these stories and never forget who they are and where they are going.