"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.






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Couch Family
History given by Mrs. Bessie Couch Dixon

"Mrs. Dixon believed that the Couch Family came to Lafayette County in the 1800s from Africa. Her grandparents were Tom Couch, Rush Couch, Ed Couch, Mae Callie Bell. Her parents raised a family of 18 children while working in farm work and construction. Her father owned property and was active in the community. They lived in the Owens, Pilgrim Rest, Etta Mississippi, Jefferson Chapel church community, and family members attended the Jefferson Pilgrim Rest School. Several family members eventually migrated away from Mississippi to other parts of the country like: Kentucky, Chicago, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Texas, and Florida."
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Ed Couch and Eurlene in front of car. Date and photographer unknwon.

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