MISSISSIPPI: The Children's Children

Davis Knight had lived in Mississippi all of his 23 years, except for three years in the Navy. He married blonde, blue-eyed Junie Lee Spradley and farmed a poor piece of land. One night the county police arrested him. Knight was a Negro, they said; Junie Lee was white. In Mississippi, that kind of marrying was against the law.

Knight said they were wrong. But a relative, irked by an old family feud, had dug up Davis Knight's genealogy. His great-grandfather had been Cap'n Newt Knight, who deserted the Confederate Army and set up "The Free State of Jones" in Jones...

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