"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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Johnson Family
History given by Harry M. Johnson

ďAnna Augusta 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.

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