An American Story: Drawing on the roots of an antebellum interracial Texas couple, Juneteenth speaker, graduate shares reasons to celebrate


Nearly 40 years ago, business and community leader Beverly J. Dorsey Stevenson, Ph.D. (2013) learned about the abiding yet forbidden Civil War-era relationship between Edward Ruthven Taylor, the white son of a prominent Texas slave broker, and Ann George, a Black enslaved woman his family owned. Dr. Beverly Stevenson and her husband Major William Stevenson spent decades unearthing and protecting a little-known American story that was their own. [ALL PHOTOS: Courtesy of Dr. Beverly Dorsey Stevenson] The story was passed along via the couple’s great-grandson, Major William Stevenson Sr., whom Dr. Stevenson was dating at the time and who [...]