These days I read an interesting book by Dutch historian Annejet van der Zijl. It concerns a striking family chronicle, set in both the Netherlands and the USA AND which concerns a mixed family (started in the time of slavery), with Dutch Leon and Juliette born from/in slavery at the origin.
This book follows on from the Boekenweekgift that Van der Zijl wrote for Boekenweek 2018. This small book was about Leon and Juliette, and was already a nice story to read. Through experiences with the couple's descendants and other experiences, the realization came that the story was not over yet. This was followed by the book about various descendants of Leon and Juliette and in particular the branch of their eldest daughter Virginie, who returned to the USA with her Dutch husband and was successful. There are still traces in the USA which can be found. For example: DeFremery House in Oakland, California.
Annejet van der Zijl - Fortuna's kinderen: een trans-Atlantische familiekroniek.
Dutchmen: Leon Herckenrath
His wife Juliette:
Couldn't find a picture of her yet
Their eldest daughter Virginie:
With her husband Ko 'James' de Fremery
Virginia and James' daughter Adele:
Boekenweek (Booksweek) is an annual recurring time with attention for the (Dutch) book and authors. One of the components is a so-called Boekenweekgeschenk (Booksweek gift). A small book, written by a Dutch author, that is awarded when purchasing books. And for years it has also been a free ticket for the train in the Netherlands (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS) on special days.