"We Cannot Walk Alone:"
Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.
History, Reconstruction, 1869-1875
ďBlack Democrats during the
Reconstruction period in Lafayette County included Joseph Taylor, Jim
Nelson, Jack Carter, William Frierson, and Newton Chilton. These followed
the traditional Democratic Southern Party.Republicans included Tobe
Humphries, Bob Stockard, and Alexander Phillips. Phillips was a school
teacher and preacher who came to the country after the Civil War. The
Republicans were associated with the Freedmanís Bureau, the Loyal League,
and a garrison of federal soldiers to keep the peace. A Black militia formed
in 1870 with Anderson as First Lieutenant and George Berley as Second