Harrison Museum and local colleges host Truevine author Beth Macy

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Harrison Museum of Africa American Culture is partnering with three colleges in the area to share a piece of Roanoke's black history. School leaders want to ensure young adults understand a complicated story from the region's past.

Beth Macy is a journalist and author who loves all things history especially the history of rural southwest Virginia. "What was it like for a real lower working class person's perspective," said Beth Macy. The view of her new books shows that perspective. The book is called Truevine. Macy shares the toy of two African American albino boys who were kidnapped from Franklin County, forced to work as circus acts and their mother's search to find them. Macy wants to inspire the next generation of students at area schools such as Hollins University, Roanoke College, and Virginia Western Community College.

"It is our duty to know this history, not only does it inform events of today, it brings neighborhoods to life," said Macy. "How can we celebrate our present and move onto the future, if we don't connect with the past," said Juliet Lowery of Roanoke College.

Macy says the Muse brother's story is now available by paperback in England and the nation could see it on the big screen soon.