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SAC Guest Speaker Series "A House Divided: The Holland Family in Black and White" at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, April 12, 2014,
R.G. Ratcliffe was a political and government reporter at the Texas Capitol for almost thirty years, covering every governor from Bill Clements to Rick Perry. Ratcliffe worked at the Capitol mostly for the Houston Chronicle, but he also has written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Monthly. Ratcliffe also traveled extensively with presidential candidates between 1988 and 2008 and is featured in the HBO documentary "Journeys with George" about George W. Bush's 2000 presidential run.
A long-time student of history, Ratcliffe in 2012 was working on a biography of Rick Perry when he stumbled on the intriguing story of a 19th Century politician who had sons by his brother's slave, took them to Ohio, freed them and paid abolitionists to raise them. One brother fought for the Union in the Civil War and won the congressional Medal of Honor, while another brother returned to Texas and won election to the Legislature where he passed a bill creating what became Prairie View A&M University. The father and one of his sons are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Oakwood Cemetery is located just east of IH-35 and south of the UT baseball field at 1601 Comal/Navasota. Please wear sensible closed-toe shoes as the walking tour presentation will take place in the cemetery and the terrain is uneven.