Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands
Title: Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands
Author: Susan Carol Mccarthy
In 1951, the brutal murder of nineteen-year-old Marvin Cully transforms the town of Mayflower, Florida, into a battleground as violence erupts across the state and the NAACP joins in the efforts to uncover the killers.
In a remarkable debut novel inspired by true events, Susan Carol McCarthy delivers a wise and luminous story about a northern family, a southern town, and the senseless act of murder that sparked an extraordinary act of courage.
In the orange-blossom scented spring of 1951, Flordia Klansmen abducted and killed nineteen-year-old black citrus picker Marvin Cully, igniting a drama that would forever change Reesa McMahon, the world she knew, and the people she loved…
There was her indomitable grandmother “Doto,” who drove hell-bent down from Chicago in her new blue DeSoto… Warren, her slow-to-anger Yankee father, who never quite fit into the closed society of Good Ol’ Boy growers… Miss Maybelle Mason, the elderly postmistress, who knew a rattlesnake when she saw one — and the bite of heartbreak… and Luther and Armetta and the black community of Mayflower, Florida, who understood that nothing must stop this small town’s confrontation with racial prejudice, injustice, and truth.