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Coffee at the Museum

  • Burke History Museum 201 West Meeting Street Morganton, NC, 28655 United States (map)

This month’s speaker at Coffee at the Museum will be Fred Eli Epeley. He will be discussing his book Growing Up In Ottie’s World. His mother, Ottie, grew up in wretched circumstances and gave little or no emotional support to her eight children. She had no man helping her to support her and the children, so she learned to survive without any rules or laws but her own. She bootlegged whiskey and worked as a tenant farmer. She was so often tired from long nights and hard days she  left the children to fend for themselves. The harsh experiences of his early years made Mr. Epeley determined to rise above his circumstances. He recounts his experiences that formed who he became, in his book. He spent his adult years hiding and hurting from a past that he wished to forget. After his mother’s death, however, the author realized that he could not heal from the pain of his past by hiding from it. Ottie deserved redemption and he, as her son, needed self-forgiveness for his decades of resentment and hatred for her life-long neglect of him. He became an author to seek these goals. Please join us for this fascinating account as told by the one who lived it.