"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.
“Jessie E. Brown, the son of the late Alice
Brown and Phillip Dunn was born Sept. 3, 1888, married Timmie Martin,
daughter of the late Commodore Martin and Katherine Martin. Both were born
in Lafayette County Taylor community. With the permission of parents their
marriage vow was pledged to each other before God in 1909. They lived with
their parents and worked in the field, attended school and cared for the
chickens, cattle and other chores they were assigned to do by their parents.
One of their main outings during the weeknight they went to Bible Studies
and attended Sunday school on Sundays at North Hopewell B.M. Church. They
struggled through renting and sharecropping. During the struggle the family
began to increase, with a child being born every other year. One child died
at birth but all others lived to maturity. They were named Elmira, Claud,
George Pitman, Jessie Ann, George Hoover, Ruthie M. Jones, Katherleen,
Tarentha, Earl, Lois and Philip. When the children were old enough they
shared with the chores of cooking, churning, feeding hogs mules and horses,
and working on the farm.