- Title: The Governor’s Appointment: “The South Shall Rise Again”
- Author: C. Anthony Sherman
- Genre: African American, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Fiction
- Length: 393 pages
- Publication Date: July 18, 2019
The Governor’s Appointment: “The South Shall Rise Again” – Synopsis
The Governor’s Appointment: Positioning to take over political, social, and financial power in small towns throughout Mississippi; a plan is hatched to overturn Historic Confederate Pride & power, with Strategic reverse migration from the North.
About the Author
C. Anthony Sherman is a native of Texas, born in Crockett, reared in Houston’s 5th Ward; Claude Anthony “Tony” Sherman has been named a Houston Point of Light by the Forward Times Newspaper, for distinguishing himself as a nationally known artist, writer, lecturer, and sculptor. While attending Phillis Wheatley High School, he was voted as Class Historian; was a member of the Explorer’s Club and an ROTC Lieutenant. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for eight years (59-66) serving as a Crew Chief on B-52 bombers, during the Vietnam War.
Tony became an entertainer while in the service and performed for military personnel all over the country. He appeared on the Snookie Lanson Show (A Variety Show) as a comedy act. He was invited to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966. However, Sullivan died that year.
In 1967, Tony went on to Los Angeles, California to enter into show business and appeared in several plays and a movie called the Interns. He worked as a News Broadcaster for a local Los Angeles radio station and attended night school at the University of Southern California, graduating with a BA in Business Administration. While attending, he was the president of the honor society called TAU Alpha Epsilon.
He worked for Mobil Oil Corp for ten years as an Area Manager. While there, he started a series of business’ called Dog and Cat Laundromats (do it yourself). He sold those businesses and moved back to Houston in 1985 to help his brother, John, run a series of Restaurants called Paulette’s Oyster Bars.
Tony’s range in artistic presentations is considered masterful. His devotion to preserving the rich historical culture of the south led him to research, and write a book on the subject of The American Black Cowboys in 1988. In 2000, Tony was a contributing author to the “Black Cowboys of Texas,” published by the Texas A & M Press. Because of the popularity of the subject, and with very little information available, Tony traveled around the country educating children and adults alike on this lost history at primary, high schools and universities.
In 1994, Tony was chosen as one of 24 students from around the world to study portrait sculpture in Passavant, France, at the famous Vogel Sculpture Studio. Since returning, he created many portraits of prominent Americans, including his father; a 6 ½’ bronze sculpture for the city of Missouri City, Texas. In 1999, he was commissioned to sculpt the bust of the first African-American to own a new car dealership (1940), Ed Davis. Mr. Davis and Tony have appeared in numerous magazines such as Jet, African-Americans on Wheels, and other local publications.
He also has been commissioned by the NAACP on many occasions to produce original works of art for their national and local conventions. Locally, he sculpted Bishop James Dixon; Principal, Ed Glover, and Rev Bill Lawson. Tony produced a major sculpture for the NAACP fundraising in 2002. Other corporate commissions include:
Galveston Opera House Houston Minority Business Council the Urban League
Texas Southern University the George Ranch Taylor Stevenson Ranch, to name a few.
In 1999, Tony completed a 9′ statue for the Juneteenth Monument to be placed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Also, he is negotiating with the Houston Livestock and Rodeo to complete a larger than life-sized statue of Bill Pickett–a pioneer black Cowboy who invented bull-dogging.
Tony recently completed a life-sized bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the HISD Early Childhood Center in Houston, Texas, and is the sculptor of Phillis Wheatley (located in the school’s lobby), commissioned by the Wheatley class of 1948. Currently, he is working on a life-sized sculpture of Loren Anderson, the famed principal Ballerina for the Houston Ballet Company. This commission is being completed for the Edison Arts Foundation of Missouri City, TX.
As if that was not enough to keep him busy, Tony has volunteered as Development Chair for the United Way; as a Board Member of the Fort Bend Museum Association; as Chair of the Fort Bend Juneteenth Celebration for 5 years; a Judge for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and Lead Art Judge for the Fort Bend County Fair since 2000.
Recognizing his many talents, Governor George W. Bush appointed him to a 6-year term to the Texas Commission on the Arts in 1997, where he was one of 18 commissioners, and the first African American artist to serve in that capacity.
Additionally, he has performed as a Mediator/Counselor for the Dispute Resolution Center; Justice of The Peace Courts; United States Postal Service, and Windsor Village United Methodist Church. He founded a self-help group called Marriage Encounter Self Help Group, to help married couples resolve their conflict through group counseling. In 2000, he founded a nonprofit organization called The Council of Elders, which helps kids who have behavioral problems in school, to keep them out of the justice system.
Tony Spends his retirement time working with his wife and youngest son, Trever, for FEMA related disasters, and has even found time to complete fictional novels. His first (2015) is called “The Sins of my Fathers (the 1st in a trilogy).” Additional ones are “The Promise at Koonville, The Governor’s Appointment, From the White Side, and The Metal Man of Mount Ash.” His books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google, under the name of C. Anthony Sherman.
On the three-dimensional side, he creates awards for corporations and individuals alike, into 3-D reality. He accepts commission requests on a limited basis.
Tony and his wife, Teri (Eunice, LA.) have been married for 52 years and have three adult sons; one daughter; four grandsons, and two granddaughters. They have lived in Missouri City, TX since 1985.