The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South, bringing 12 Years a Slave to Montgomery, and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
He offered me a fist bump, then seemed to reconsider, and clasped me in a masculine, endearingly chaste hug. “My brother!” he said. “Your wife is a very lucky woman. I hope you get home safe to her, and happy.”