BALTIMORE — Postsecondary Education Executive and recent recipient of a Doctorate in Education, Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs has published her first book, “More Than a Fraction.” The historical creative nonfiction tells the story of two brothers, Thomas and Othello Fraction, and their journey before, through and after the Civil War. The story derived from Dr. Hobbs’ two-year research for her heritage. Her search ended at the Smithfield house museum in Virginia where she later was appointed as a member of the foundation’s Board of Trustees.
“More Than a Fraction” is based on the true story of the Fraction family leading up to Thomas and Othello Fraction who signed on to fight in the Civil War. The book takes you on a journey that includes their service in during the War and their subsequent fight after the war for rights and inclusion.
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs is the third great-granddaughter of Thomas Fraction. Her passion for education and history has and continues to lead her on ventures to uncover hidden stories and forgotten legacies.
After discovering that Smithfield still existed and was being managed as a house museum in Blacksburg, Virginia, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs immediately took a trip to visit the location where so much of Thomas’ story occurred.
After her trip to visit the grounds in 2015, she was asked to join the board for the Smithfield-Preston Foundation, which currently owns and manages Smithfield.
As a member of the board Dr. Moseley-Hobbs was tasked with assisting to change the narrative and presentation of the enslaved and indentured servant community and their contributions and presence throughout the history of Smithfield, as it relates to the Preston family.
At the publication of her book, “More Than a Fraction,” Dr. Moseley-Hobbs was continuing a more than
15-year career in education administration and teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Management, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate in Education.
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her son Anthony Michael Hobbs (the 4th great-grandson of Thomas Fraction), who by 12 years old was already an award winning actor and filmmaker.
“More Than a Fraction” is published by Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, which she co-owns with her son Anthony Michael-Hobbs a child actor and filmmaker, who has written, produced,
directed and starred in three short films, garnering him six awards.
“More Than a Fraction,” is available for sale at: Amazon.com.
To learn more about Smithfield, visit: www.SmithfieldPlantation.org. and
Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs may be reached at: KerriAmI@aol.com.