"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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Wiley Family
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“Three Wiley brothers, Hence, Stan, and Walker came from Memphis to farm in Lafayette County after the Civil War. Hence Wiley built the first African-American cotton gin in the country. In 1918, when Walker Wiley died, Lessie Bannister Wiley with her four children moved to Freemantown in Oxford. One of the children, W.R. (Russell) soon found work at a local shoe shop owned by Robert Boles on the square. In 1969, Russell purchased the shoe shop on the Square from the Boles family and today his children continue the shoe business."

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