Blood Done Sign My Name
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|Blood Done Sign My Name|
|Genre(s)||Autobiography; historical non-fiction|
|Publication date||May 18, 2004|
|Media type||Print (hardcover & paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-609-61058-9 (hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||975.6/535/00496073 22|
|LC Classification||F264.O95 T97 2004|
Blood Done Sign My Name is an autobiographical work of history written by Timothy B. Tyson while he was a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The book, published in 2004 and based in part on an M.A. thesis Tyson wrote in 1990 while attending Nebraska University, deals with the 1970 murder of Henry Marrow, a black man.
The book deals with the 1970 killing of Henry Marrow, a black man. This case helped galvanize the African-American civil rights movement in Oxford, North Carolina, where the book takes place, and across the eastern North Carolina black belt. It helped establish local civil rights activist Ben Chavis' leadership in the black civil rights movement, which eventually led to his becoming the executive director of the NAACP and later an organizer of the Million Man March. This episode radicalized the African American freedom struggle in North Carolina, leading up to the turbulence of the Wilmington Ten cases, which grew out of racial conflict in the port city and the trial of Ben Chavis and nine others on charges stemming from the burning of a grocery store.
Tyson, whose father was the minister of the First United Methodist Church-Oxford, a prominent local church, explores not only the white supremacy of the South's racial caste system but his own and his family's white supremacy. He interweaves a narrative of the story and its effects on him with discussion of the racial history of the United States, focusing on the persistence of discrimination despite federal law and on the violent realities of that history on both sides of the color line. Tyson challenges the popular memory of the movement as a nonviolent call on America's conscience led by Martin Luther King. The vision of the movement in these pages is local as well as national and international, violent as well as nonviolent, and far more complicated and human than the myth of "pure good versus bare-fanged evil in the streets of Birmingham," as he puts it. Oxford writer Thad Stem, Jr. is a key figure in the book.
Tyson has since taken a position as Senior Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and also teaches in the American Studies Department at Guilford University.
Film adaptation 
A movie adaptation of the book by Tyson and writer Jeb Stuart, which was filmed in the cities of Shelby, Statesville, Monroe and Gastonia, NC was released in the United States on February 19, 2010. The film starred Ricky Schroder, Omar Benson Miller, and Michael Rooker.
- "Tyson's 'Blood' to be filmed in N.C.". Raleigh News & Observer. February 13, 2008.