"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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Burl Roberson/John Wesley Johnson Family
Nettie Roberson Canton

“Great grand-father, Burl Roberson, Sr. came from Georgia to Panola County, Mississippi. He worked as a sharecropper on a plantation. He married Lillie Dickens and begat four sons and five daughters.

Burl Roberson II married Nettie J. Roberson, the fifth of thirteen children of John Wesley Johnson and Adeline Burt, born April 1, 1892 in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Nettie and Burl Roberson II had two children, Ella Quay Flowers and Little Burl Roberson III. This family lived and worked on the Dillard Farm as renters.

In the 1920s and the 1940s, ten of thirteen Roberson migrated North, East, and West in the United States of America. Robert Johnson, age 89, remains in Lafayette County, Mississippi.

In 1974, Nettie J. Roberson Canton went to live with her daughter, Ella Quay Flowers, who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."

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