“I was born in a small town in Tennessee- The name Sewanee, so called the University of the South. It was in 1893. My father was a white man. My mother was so called a Negress. So I was looked on as a half-white bastard and so called that by almost everyone that knew me.” Ely Green’s autobiography, posthumously published in 1971 under the title Ely: Too Black, Too White, is now a University of Georgia Press Brown Thrasher book Ely: An Autobiography (2004).