Gilbert King, author of the newly released book Devil in the Grove, captivated an audience of about 70 people at an Authors @ the Library program in Groveland on Tuesday, April 3rd, as he spoke about the haunting and compelling story of a tragic event in the history of Lake County—the Groveland saga. This terrifying story—re-created by Mr. King—is an extraordinary moment in America’s long, hard struggle for racial justice.
Mr. King’s meticulous research was showcased as he brought to life the chain of events that brought Thurgood Marshall, the man known as “Mr. Civil Rights”, into the explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement.
As he opened up the floor for questions, Mr. King learned even more about the case from audience members who had lived in the Groveland area at the time of the case or who had family members who remembered what happened.
Although the events described in Mr. King’s book are not the kind of notoriety that a county or city likes to have, they are indeed a vital part of the history of Lake County.