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Judith Shaw

LaGrange, North Carolina, United States


“Papa And The Secret Train” is a children’s book surrounding the life of Eugene Jim Shaw. Mr. Shaw was born in Sampson County, North Carolina in 1881. He became the first African American switch and fireman on the “Shoofly” between Goldsboro, North Carolina and Morehead City, North Carolina. He also gave La Grange, North Carolina its nickname “The Garden Spot” in the early 1900s. However, one fact about his life has never been revealed until “Papa And The Secret Train”.

“Papa And The Secret Train” combines historical events with fictional characters, places and events. The story is told through the youthful eyes of Kayla, a somewhat shy loner living in the rural countryside of North Carolina with her parents. Kayla’s challenging life will take a turn when befriended by Josephine, a classmate living with her parents and grandparents in town. The real life story of Eugene Jim Shaw is told through Josephine’s grandfather. Read how their lives merge to form an unbreakable bond.

Author Judith Shaw is the great granddaughter of Eugene Jim Shaw. Ms. Shaw, a Brooklyn, New York native grew to love La Grange, North Carolina during vacations growing up. She attended Hunter College in New York City, where she student taught under the late renowned dancer and choreographer Pearl Premis. She later danced with the Pearl Premis Dance Company, the Chuck Davis Dance Company, and toured with actors Oscar Brown Jr., and Jean Pace. Ms. Shaw is also a metalsmith and jewelry designer who recently relocated to La Grange North Carolina to further research her family’s history.

Interests: Children's & young adults. Presently creating a novel.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No