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Thurgood Marshall notifies DOJ about 1943 peonage case in MS

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This episode of Nurturing Our Roots is a mandatory course requirement for, African-Americans and 20th-Century Slavery, being taught by Professor Clare Washington of Portland State University.  Please join Professor Washington and Host, Genealogist, and Peonage researcher Antoinette Harrell and also Peonage blogger, researcher, and Co-Host Robin Foster as we teach about the concepts of peonage and the impact it had on African-Americans.

Genealogist and Peonage reseacher, Antoinette Harrell will share correspondence discovered in the National Archives from Thurgood Marshall, special counsel for the NAACP, who states on October 18, 1943 that Witney Smith, owner of a farm located in Webb, Mississippi, involuntarily held David Watson on a peonage farm from 1926 until 1943 when he escaped to Maywood, Illinois.

(See Thurgood Marshall notifies DOJ about 1943 peonage case in Mississippi.)

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