Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice – Terrence Franklin Presents to Regions Bank Legal Department
Partner Terrence Franklin is presenting “Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice” to Regions Bank’s Legal Department on February 24, 2022. Franklin had been a trust and estate litigator, handling disputes including will contests for a quarter century, when he discovered a will contest from the 1840s that challenged the will done by his white fourth great-grandfather that emancipated Franklin’s fourth great-grandmother and her children and grandchildren from slavery. This discovery led Franklin to define his mission, “To Bend the Arc of History Towards Justice” by sharing the story of his ancestors and other stories like them. In this presentation, Franklin recounts the riveting story of his ancestor Lucy Sutton and her fight in the courts to uphold the last will and testament, and he also profiles several other black women, contemporaries of Lucy, who just may have helped Lucy and her family make it to freedom.