About the Author
John Troy McQueen was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina . He grew up on a farm. He was the ninth of ten children born to Kinney and Estelle Oliver McQueen. Through determination and faith was how he worked his way through college. A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology was received from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Master¿s Degree in education with a certification in Elementary School Administration from the University of South Carolina. He taught fifth and sixth grades before becoming an Elementary School Principal. He has worked at the School District Office level and as an Attendance Supervisor and an Adult Education Director. He retired in 2002 following a career of thirty- five years in education ¿ all in South Carolina schools. Mr. McQueen is the author of the following books: ¿A World Full of Monsters, ¿ ¿ A Biography of Edward James Sawyer, ¿ ¿ Marlboro County¿s Black Heritage , ¿ ¿ Marl-boro County¿s African American Heritage , ¿ and ¿ Famous First Facts ¿( about African American heritage in Marlboro County). His marriage to the former Dorothy Jackson of Chester , South Carolina produced four adult sons : John Troy, Jr., Gregory Lamont , Garrick Desmond, and Jackson Kinte. He and his wife are also the Guardian of a daughter, Felicia Rogers. He is a member of of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a Deacon and sings in the choir. He is a Mason and holds membership in several civic organizations. He enjoys reading , gardening , and traveling .