Jennifer E. Cheeks-Collins is a native of Madison County and a product of its public schools, community organizations, and churches. Proud of the lives black residents have made for themselves in this treasured region of the Magnolia State, she is committed to preserving and honoring the African-American heritage of Madison County.
Madison County, Mississippiby Jennifer E. Cheeks-Collins
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Known as the "Land Between Two Rivers," Madison County is situated between the Pearl River to the east and the Big Black River to the west. It was created in 1828, and African slaves were among its earliest settlers. As the county grew, the African-American society began to create roots in this region, and their legacy continues to this day. Black America: Madison County explores a community marked by struggle, poverty, and segregation, a community that finally gained its voice during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This volume celebrates the lives of Madison County's black residents-past and present-and tells their story through vintage photographs.
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