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"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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Taylor Family
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“Mary and Thomas Taylor reared their children in Oxford, Mississippi somewhere off of highway six out in Lafayette County...The house no longer stands...Thomas and Mary worked on their farm. They were not 'share-croppers' but rather 'renters.' Renters did not own the land that they farmed, they only lived there, and had their own stock and tools. Rent was anywhere from $100 to $300, and was paid to the owner each year...The family attended church on a regular basis at Salem Methodist Church...In those days, the Methodists went to church each Sunday for Sunday school, but church was only held on the third Sunday, when the pastor was in attendance. Most pastors had four churches, and would travel to each on a different Sunday.

Thomas Taylor is buried at the Yocona Cemetery near Taylor...Mary Taylor is buried at Salem Cemetery...Thomas Taylor departed this life in June of 1925 and Mary Taylor in September of 1964."

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Mr. Tommy Wendell Taylor. Date and photographer unknown.

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