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March 6, 2023

March Book Signing sponsored by the Wake County Historical Society

March Book Signing sponsored by the Wake County Historical Society

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The post-Civil War “New South” reflected the nation at large as wealth and power shifted from a landed aristocracy to families in business and finance. “Yet for all the advantages that new wealth and social position might bring to those in high places, it would not exempt them from life’s ‘slings and arrows,’ in some cases the result of outrages of their own making.”

Life and Death in High Places takes a close look at four families of Raleigh’s “New South,” detailing lives of privileged wealth marred by “a disputed marriage, a secretive offspring, a very public murder covered nationwide, extended litigation, a hidden room, a tragic suicide, and ensuing family dispersals.” The story includes the first known detailed summary and analysis of related litigation ending with one of North Carolina’s most famous criminal trials (a book chapter is scheduled for inclusion in the North Carolina State Bar Journal, March 2022).

About the authors:

Bruce Miller and his wife Kathy first moved into the historic Oakwood neighborhood in Raleigh in 1978. They raised two children in their house on East Lane Street. Bruce has served as the Oakwood Treasurer for over a decade and is also known as the Oakwood Cemetery Historian. He writes a column each month for the Oakwood Cemetery Newsletter on well-known individuals buried there.

Robin Simonton has been the Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since November of 2011. Robin holds a BA in US History from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she was the Program and Volunteer Services Executive at Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines. Robin served as the researcher of the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site, written by Nanette Napoleon in 1997 and wrote a case study in the book Cemetery Tours and Programming in 2017 by Rachel Wolgemuth. She and the Cemetery’s Historian Bruce Miller wrote Images of America: Historic Oakwood Cemetery, published in 2017. Currently, Robin is a member of the Board of Directors for Transitions Life Care. Robin and her husband Jeff live in Raleigh with their 8 year-old son, Cullen.