Pioneer, methodical researcher, writer/director, and historical visionary, Faye Walker Howell searched far and near to find astonishing information regarding her family tree. It was a small beginning in Henry, Geneva, Dallas, Barbour, Macon, Pike, Houston and Dale Counties in Alabama, searching gravestones, archived newspapers, church histories, early marriage records, regional courthouses, National Archives in Atlanta, Census records and other historical artifacts. One of her brothers-in-law, Rev. Dr. John L. Haley, Jr., as well as Aex Haley's "Roots", both inspired Howell to research her family's history. Howell's ancestors endured many hardships transitioning from slavery to the unjust lives as "sharecroppers", in the deep south. The sharecropping system, for many of them, was a new form of controlling their lives once again, in a modern day society.
Ms. Howell wrote and published two books, one with recordings of oral history’s told to her by her relatives and local sharecroppers that lived to tell about their hardships and compelling ordeals in which they endured. Volue One of her book entitled, “Shaking My Tree” which led her to write the screenplay, “Sho Nuff, Roxie” coined the Docudrama “Tumbleton Road”. This dramatic screenplay references actual events which took place near the present day Dothan, Alabama, in and near the Balkum community of Tumbleton, Alabama, after her ancestors had gained their freedom.
During her nearly twenty years of research, Ms. Howell has appeared on the “Morning Show” with Ann Varnum, WTVY, Dothan, Alabama, Linnea McClellan interviewed Ms. Howell in the Dothan Eagle Newspaper in 2003-2004, The Wiregrass Times featured her discussing complications she experienced while researching African-American History. In 2010, Ms. Howell produced and directed a short stageplay production featuring "Sharecroppers", at “Legend of the Fall” Festival in Chipley, Florida. Also, in May 2010, Jaine Treadwell, Writer for the Troy Messenger Newspaper featured an article on Howell’s production of her upcoming film, at the Pioneer Museum in Troy, Alabama.
Faye Walker Howell was born in Dothan, Alabama to Robert Lee Walker and Loreen Peoples Walker Mathews. Later, her mother moved to Panama City, Florida, seeking a better future for herself and her children when Mrs. Howell was still an infant. There were five other siblings during this time. As her mother struggled to raise seven children alone, she ensured Howell had ample reading and drawing materials to quench her thirst for reading and art. Howell persevered through her childhood years in the Massalina Projects accomplishing life-long goals in drama and publishing.