About two years ago, Milford resident Agnes Bryant, 81, was hit with a strong urge to tell her life story, and recently published her biography, "Aggie: My Life as I Remember."
About two years ago, Milford resident Agnes Bryant, 81, was hit with a strong urge to tell her life story. She lived in the Georgetown and Milton areas as a child, attended segregated schools and dealt with racism while growing up, as well as her own personal tragedies. The loss of her own children as an adult filled her with a grief that eventually poured out in the form of a 664-page autobiography. “Aggie: My Life as I Remember,” which was recently published with the help of her late daughter Lisa Harmon, and her book editor and daughter, Teresa Haman and her husband Andrew Haman. Bryant said she found the writing to be therapeutic and only hopes that whoever reads it can find some solace in knowing that they’re not alone in their struggles.
Q: Why did you decide to start working on your autobiography?
A: I was talking to my children and telling them about the old days, and I was having a lot of ups and downs, deaths in the family, and I just sat down one day and started writing. I’d write a while and I’d cry a while. When I started writing it, it helped me to move some grief because I was always upset, I just wasn’t myself. When I started writing the story, it helped me to – I can’t explain it – I just had to write the book. It brought relief in my body and my whole life.
Q: What was the most challenging part about writing your autobiography?
A: I remember so much, that was a challenge for me. When I’d tell some people about it, they’d say how you remember that so young? I just wanted to tell it like it was. Back then, people were mean, but there were some good people, too. If I had to be brought up any other way, I would still want to come up the way I came because I learned to appreciate what I had and what I didn’t have.
Q: What was your favorite part about writing your autobiography and why?
A: I was telling my story and it was true. The stuff I put in there was real and it made me feel good because I was able to do it with the help of the Lord. It was hard to write that book. Real hard. But it helped me get over my grief. It’s never over with, but I’m in better shape than I was. I didn’t write it to sell books. I just wanted to write it. It’s something I can leave behind for my children. It made me feel good that with the little education I had, I could write a book and I felt proud.
MORE ABOUT BRYANT
CURRENT TOWN Milford
FAMILY Daughter, Teresa Haman and her husband, Andrew Haman, of Bear; granddaughter Andra Haman; great-granddaughter Jade Haman, 5; adopted daughter, Corine White of Milford; deceased daughters, Lisa Harmon and Sabrina Diane Harmon; deceased son, Richard Harmon; late husband, Rufus Harmon
EDUCATION Georgetown Colored School 223 in Georgetown and Milton School 1996C in Milton, through eighth grade
CAREER Worked in the Paramount Poultry chicken factory in Harbeson and at a Kinko factory
TV SHOW “The Young and the Restless”
FOOD Chicken and dumplings
HOBBIES Playing cards, painting and, at one time, bowling