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The folks who gather Shelby County’s black history

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By Beth Herrinton-Hodge

The African-American community has a rich history in Shelby County, but it’s often difficult to uncover. This also makes that history difficult to appreciate.

“Many of our stories come out when we’re sitting around talking with our parents and grandparents,” says Sanda Jones, a member of the Shelby County Historical Society. “Most of the time, our history wasn’t written down because it didn’t seem like something to write about. It’s just how it was. We lived the way we lived.”


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