"We Cannot Walk Alone:"
Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.
Rogers, grandfather, was born in South Carolina, a slave in 1832. His
mother, Anna, was a slave woman with seven children-4 boys and 3 girls.
Father, Will McDuffin Rogers, was 12 years old when they moved to
Mississippi and settled in Punkin Creek on Yellow Leaf Farm in Lafayette
County. He and wife, Katie Oliver, married in 1916 and begat four boys and
three girls. Most of his life, the Reverend Missionary Baptist Will Rogers
farmed his own land. About 20 of those years he worked on the Illinois
Central Railroad from Water Valley to Memphis and into Illinois. In 1941,
the farm boy turned railroad man quit the railroad and lived in Pontotoc
County with his family. When his wife died, he lived with his twin daughter,
Mrs. Allean Pearson and her family in the house off the road behind the
Kiami Pool Facility.