An Old Man, a Young Man,
and Their Southern Redemption
Meet John McFerren, a local legend and civil rights activist in Fayette County, Tennessee, who overheard a shocking plot before Martin Luther King Jr.’s killing that’ll shock you:
• McFerren, an elderly Black man, owner of a grocery store and gas pumps, befriends John Bragorgos, a white outsider with a soft heart.
• Challenging Fayette County prejudiced white establishment, two colorblind men form a bond in the rural town of Somerville with deep-rooted, dark secrets.
• McFerren is a savvy veteran of politics in Fayette County and coaches Bragorgos on how to survive in a tangled web of corruption, injustice, poverty, racism, and segregation.
• Bragorgos helps the feisty local legend discover that his honest testimony of the King killing was downplayed and manipulated—inspiring two extraordinary men to unite and fight for justice.
• The seasoned old-timer teaches Bragorgos how to play the game in the jungle of redneck hell—with roots from the Civil War.
• A multilayered story with flashbacks of McFerren’s bittersweet and chilling past during the forties, fifties and sixties into the 21st century.
Written from the perspective of someone who discovered a real southern gent with empathy and true grit in a bigoted county, John Bragorgos tells a story inspired by true events linked to the Civil Rights Movement. This fascinating book which praises Sweet Tea “the table wine of the South” (including recollections of America’s favorite country songs) shows the power of discrimination and humanity. A witty and warmhearted read for anyone who is suspicious about Dr. King’s killer acting alone —like the late Mr. McFerren, an unsung hero.