They’re at it again! Enjoy more of the King twins’ rib-tickling shenanigans as they spend a week during the summer of 1957 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, visiting their grandmother and great grandmother. The nine-year-old twins meet African-American sixteen- year-old Josephine, caregiver for their elderly bed-ridden great-grandmother. They try to pull Josephine into some of their misdeeds, but she resists and teaches them some of life’s most valuable lessons instead. A visit to the local Baptist church ends up with the girls wondering if the preacher was talking to them when he kept repeating, “Repent, Sinners!”
Josephine assures the twins that the preacher was talking to his congregation—those that have been up to no good! Hmmm!! The mid-summer visit started out with dread, but by week’s end, the twins were begging to stay longer. Our Josephine is a poignant and wonderful story about the gentle side of race relations between the three generations. Josephine, wise beyond her age, acts as the catalyst to everyone in the pre-civil rights era.
Although Katherine and Margaret were born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the twins and their three siblings, Bill, Kirk and Allan, grew up in the north central hills of Mississippi in Oxford, a university town and a place they have always loved. Home is where the heart is rings true for The King Twins—in Oxford.