[Last Updated 2/28/19] Latest News: 1) A Brand New Sutton E. Griggs Family Tree is available on the Biography (and Family Tree) page; 2) A Republican Party pamphlet Sutton Griggs wrote for the 1932 presidential election is now available in Publications; 3) Wade and Cheryl Hudson received the second annual Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Awards in Literature August 24, 2018 at the African American Museum, Dallas--Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti received the inaugural awards in 2017--and Emma Rodgers received the Sutton E. Griggs Literary Champion Award.   https://dallasgospelconnection.com/award-winning-authors-appearing-at-tulisoma/

A Griggs grave marker with an elaborately carved cross (likely indicating that the deceased was a minister) was discovered in L. Butler Nelson Cemetery in Dallas in February 2018, thanks to information provided by Frances James and the sharp eyes of Dealey Campbell:



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This resource is devoted to the life, literature, and legacy of
Sutton Griggs (1872-1933), who published more novels in book  
form than any other African American at the turn of the 20th century.  

Besides providing information about Griggs and his writings, a major purpose of this site is to draw attention to the scholarly editions of all five of Griggs’s novels being published by West Virginia University Press in its Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture series.  Information about the Regenerations series is available here: http://wvupressonline.com/series/regenerations

The first of these scholarly editions, The Hindered Hand; Or, The Reign of the Repressionist (1905), funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, was published in September 2017.

"Students of black history will be especially interested in this new edition, but the novel itself is noteworthy for its smooth prose and serves as a fine example of early 20th century fiction" Southern Literary Review

Here is the cover:

Sutton Griggs Speaks:

Listen to Griggs's Sermons,

"A Hero Closes a War,"
"Saving the Day," 

"Self-Examination," and "A Surprise Answer to Prayer," 

recorded in 1928,

at the links below:



More information about these recordings is available below (including the place and dates of the recordings and the names of two other sermons by Griggs for which audio is not available--"Speaking the Truth" and "Keeping the Peace"):