"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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Morgan Family
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Grandfather Soloman Morgan was brought to Panola County as a slave in 1863. He worked on a plantation, married wife pearl and begat 7 children. His first major achievement was purchasing a small farm and building a better house for his family. He practiced the Golden Rule as a guide for his family.

Johnnie Morgan, Soloman's oldest son was a share-cropper in Panola County. His wife, Lena Henderson was a rural school teacher they had 4 children. In rearing their children they followed the custom of their foreparents.

Willie Mathers Morgan, the youngest son, worked at the I.C. Railroad ship in Water Valley, MS. He bought a large farm in Yellowbushy County MS. Ioda Bishop Morgan is the homemaker for her husband and 7 children. Their goals for the children was for them to get an education, go to college. The Willie Mathers Family followed the traditions of Church attendance like that of foreparents. The celebrations of the family reunion is the best experience of the Willie Mathers Family. The adventurous personality of the children cause them to travel to other states for desired jobs. Martha and Ioda are growing together with one son and his family nearby, who occupy the land and manage it for them."

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