From 2011–2015, the United States is commemorating the 150th anniversary of The Civil War.

Cheryl Wills’ acclaimed book, Die Free pays homage to the storied treasure of her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who fled his slave master (Edmund Wills) and fought valiantly as a member of the United States Colored Troops from 1863–1865. Sandy’s courage was mirrored in Cheryl’s father, a Vietnam-era paratrooper, who died without knowing his family’s historic legacy.

Told with deep love & brow-raising honesty, Die Free stretches from Haywood County, Tennessee in the 1850s to New York City in the 20th century. The author shares the unvarnished truth about the Wills’ family roots, ever entwined in passion, music, and faith.

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