"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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In 2002, Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Niler Franklin allowed the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the J.D. William Library to scan the images and transcribe the narratives into a booklet entitled, The Lafayette County African-American History Project. This website accompanies the booklet.
      In commemoration of the 1962 integration of The University of Mississippi by James Meredith, Special Collections included the images and text in an exhibit entitled "'We Cannot Walk Alone:' Images and History of the African-American Community in Lafayette County, Mississippi."
       In transcribing the narratives, the staff of Special Collections in direct consultation with Mrs. Marshall kept the language exactly as it was written by the family members and original participants of the project. This is their book and chronicles their history. It is a tribute to the African-American men, women, children, families, organizations, and businesses of Lafayette County, Mississippi.
Exhibit Curators, Jennifer Ford and Jennifer Aronson
Introduction, page one

Second Baptist Church. Oxford, MS. c. 1988. Photographer unknown.

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