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A devastating tornado swept through western Mississippi, killing more than 25 people and leaving a wake of destruction in its path.

Black Folklore

In 1877 the Black town of Nicodemus was born. Reverend W. H. Smith and other freed slaves recruited more than 300 ex-slaves to Nicodemus to start a new life.

Black Folklore

In the 1800s a Black man from Alabama named John Benson escaped the thumb of slavery, traveled across state lines to save his sister, then became a wealthy man who founded a Black community on the same land where he was once a slave.