"We Cannot Walk Alone:"
Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.
union of Mary Avant and Thomas Taylor was in 1889...Mary was born to Mary
Ruffin and Fred Avant on the 1st of April in the year 1868. Thomas was born
to Marandi and Wiley Taylor sometime during the year 1853. Thomas' parents
were born slaves. Thomas was also born a slave, and did not gain his freedom
until the year 1865...Mary's parents were born during slavery, yet Mary was
born free. Mary's father (Fred Avant) was sold out of Richmond, Virginia
before the Civil war. He came to the Taylor, Mississippi area, where he met
Margaret Ruffin (Mary's mother). Margaret was from Oxford, Mississippi.