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In 1993 Mrs. Susie Marshall received a Mississippi Humanities Council Grant for her coordinated project “Changes in the African-American Family in Oxford/Lafayette County and Mississippi.” From this initial grant project Mrs. Marshall and other members of the working group conceived the idea of chronicling the history of the African American community in Lafayette County. Several families within Lafayette County were asked to write a short family narrative and donate or loan family photographs. These narratives, written in the words of family members along with other community memories form the nucleus of this publication.