Growing Up In The “Delta”: From The Viewpoint Of Creola James

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In 1968 Creola Nanette Page was born to two young black parents living in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Growing up in the first all racially black town of Mound Bayou, Mrs. James wasn’t really exposed to racial discrimination and poverty. Mound Bayou being an all-black town everyone was mostly equal. Although not exposed to it on a daily basis she was thoroughly warned of it. As she grew older, and her parents moved to Shaw, Mississippi. It was then that Mrs. James witnessed the full extent of what she was warned of. Shaw was a predominantly white area. The people that lived there were very mean and rude to the blacks that lived there. The schools, stores, and housing areas were segregated. ...view middle of the document...

All of a sudden everyone heard a loud breaking sound. The source of the sound was the breaking of the floor boards and the cry of her brothers and sister. They had fell through the floor and into a basement like room with beds and clothing. Being a curious teenager, Mrs. James asked her grandfather why were there beds under their house. He told her that the policemen around the area were arresting black men for no particular reason. And that he helps the men who build up the courage to escape with a place to rest their head. This act reminded her of the famous Underground Railroad. The white people around Parchman were very racist toward black people. If a black man even looked in their direction they would be arrested and taken to jail. So as a head of their black community her grandfather would house them for couple days until they were well rest then send them off to another house. They would continue to go from house to house until the men got home.
Mrs. James’ mother was a well-respected teacher at Shaw High School, and her father was a carpenter. But even though her parents had jobs they didn’t have enough money to go around at times. There was not enough to buy a lot of necessities such as clothes and food. It was either one or the other....

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