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  “Thomas DeWolf’s personal journey into his family’s long hidden slave trading past is a compelling invitation to explore how our country and many institutions, including churches, benefited from this dark chapter.  Such exploration is essential if we are to move forward to a place of repair and racial reconciliation.”

Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

About the Author

Thomas Norman DeWolf was born and raised in Pomona, California. In 1972, he moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend college. He graduated in 1978 with degrees from both Northwest Christian College and the University of Oregon.

After graduation, Tom moved to Bend, in Central Oregon, where he owned and managed movie theatres and a family video business. He served on the Bend City Council from 1993-96, and on the Deschutes County Commission from 1999-2005. Oregon’s governor appointed Tom to serve on the Oregon Arts Commission from 1996-2005. From 1995 until 2004, he served as chair of the Tower Theatre Foundation, which successfully raised $4.2 million to renovate a historic downtown theatre that is now Central Oregon’s “center stage” for local and international performances.

Tom began writing Inheriting the Trade in 2001, during the summer in which he joined Katrina Browne and eight distant cousins on their life-altering journey to Rhode Island, Ghana, and Cuba, to make the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. He has been writing full time since 2005. Tom and his wife, Lindi, live in Oregon. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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      Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas Norman DeWolf, is published by Beacon Press. Copyright 2007.