Author & Illustrator

Book author¬†Emily Brewer launched Legacy Storybooks in 2012 in order to help families create narratives that both mine family stories for the meanings that have shaped the family’s identity and crystallize the legacy of loved ones from generations back.

Her background in academic historical research, in journalism, in teaching college writing and literature, and in editing and design all come together in her roles as researcher, storyteller, project manager, and book designer.

Emily has previously worked in Venice, Italy, is learning to play the ukulele, and was once interviewed on Good Morning America after she helped deliver a stranger’s baby while she was waiting for the CW bus on the UNC campus.

She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives with her husband and son just outside of Chapel Hill.

To contact Emily Brewer, please email


Illustrator Maggie Shibley is a junior Studio Art and English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Maggie has drawn picturesher whole life, looking to comic books, Disney, Japanese animation, as well as children’s books for inspiration.

She was drawn to this story because African-American history isn’t addressed in enough depth in the American school system, and she was excited to help shed light on this part of history.