Here’s my new story “The Relic of Roger Williams”. I hope you like it. I’ve had several things accepted and published, but maybe this one deserves to update this website!
The John Brown House Museum displayed a relic of Roger Williams, who was not a Brown relative at all. Like most relics, this one was grotesque and apocryphal. The guide had already begun the museum’s last daily tour. She was interrupted by a late arrival.
“Who was John Brown?” he demanded.
The elderly docent didn’t miss a beat; she shifted from the middle of her retelling of the ‘Roger’ relic story and explained, “This is not the house of the John Brown ‘a-mouldering in the grave’ song, the abolitionist of the Civil War. The John Brown who built this mansion in Providence was one of Rhode Island’s most prominent 18th century merchants. His ships were part of the China and Triangle Trade, and he owned iron works and a chocolate factory nothing like Willie Wonka’s.”
Read the rest of the story at: PoetryCircle.