Elaine Jones talks to students at Penn State Abington Campus
Price Road is now available on all e-reader formats.
Let's Talk About It!
Price Road is an engaging story of life in the rural community of Leaksville, NC. during the 1940s and 50s. Although Price Road is not a history book, certain historical figures and certain events portrayed did take place. The picture on the cover is the true picture of Price Road, it is a real place. The fictionalized characters are composites of Elaine T. Jones’ memories or imagination. Price Road could best be described as a real life historical fiction.
In 1943 Ed O’Reilly became the mail carrier on Price Road in Leaksville, NC. (Route #1 as it was known for postal addresses). Price Road was primarily a Colored community. Because of his interaction with the people on his route, Ed went through a personal growth in his understanding of America’s Black / White relationship. Ed had always accepted life as a White person who lived in the Jim Crow South. He saw racial abuse throughout his community and America without seeing; therefore, Ed, like many other White people similar to him, did not feel any compunction that would require him to do anything.
Ed began a metamorphosis in his thinking; then, he made a conscious effort to make sure that his children learned the life lessons he only came to grasp because of his job … Through the lessons he learned from the ‘old folks,’ the ‘church ladies, ’and other residents of Price Road Ed discovered: the world of racial understanding opens through the door of communication; we need to talk about IT …LET'S TALK ABOUT IT