"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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Mitchell Family
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"Ruben Mitchell was freed from slavery after the Civil War and recalled that the Master had said: 'You all's free. We ain't got nothing to do with you all no more. Go away now, you all don't belong to us no more.' Many former slaves got sick and died. Most started out with little more than a nickel and a nail in their pocket. Ruben Mitchell was the father of Williams B. Mitchell.

Virgie Fox Mitchell, born in 1896, worked side-by-side with William Mitchell as sharecroppers in Lafayette County. Her parents were Joseph Edward and Lucy Jane Fox. Before Virgie Fox second school year at Rust Normal School, she eloped with William Mitchell on Sunday evening in a borrowed surrey from the Harrisonville Missionary Baptist Church, Lafayette County, to the St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Panola County, where they were married, October 3, 1910.
Mitchell Family, page two
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