“When she was 7, her family fled Ellisville [Mississippi] amid talk of lynchings. On to Illinois, where white mobs rioted. To Ohio, where the Klan raised torches. To western New York, where she and her steelworker husband had nine children, and the one miscarriage she always includes in her account.” Mamie Lang Kirkland, 107, returns to her hometown in Mississippi for the first time since 1915.


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