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History given by Harry M. Johnson
Coleman, daughter of Hannah Manse, migrated with her brothers and sisters
from Charleston, South Carolina perhaps around the early 1840s...They left
Charleston in the spring in a caravan of 8-10 covered wagons, and arrived in
the fall just before the first frost. When they arrived in Lafayette County,
the family settled on a plantation in College Hill.
After the Civil War, freed slaves were given the opportunity to buy 1 acre
or 1/2 acre tracts of land in the part of Oxford Township known as
Freemantown (7th Street/Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive). Anna Augusta Coleman
and her husband William Coleman bought 1 acre, 1/2 acre deeded to Anna and
1/2 acre to William. They built a log cabin on Anna's 1/2 acre. Early in the
marriage because of a court hearing that sent Native-American William to
prison, William's 1/2 acre of land was lost. Anna was granted a divorce and
raised a daughter Callie. Anna's mother, Hannah, an aged ex-slave midwife
from College Hill, also lived with her and helped to raise Callie. Callie
was one of the first children which began to enroll in the first school for
the freed slave's children, which began at the Second Baptist Church after
Emancipation. Rev. H.W. Bowen, Pastor, was the first black teacher.
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Callie Coleman Johnson. Date and Photographer Unknown.