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Goat CastleA True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001

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Pink and Sister

Pink and Sister

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(p.53) Chapter Three Pink and Sister
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Goat Castle
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Karen L. Cox

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.003.0004

This chapter introduces the African American principals in the book, Emily Burns and George Pearls a.k.a. Lawrence Williams. The history of the African American experience in Natchez, from slavery through Reconstruction and Jim Crow, is discussed. George lived in Chicago and when he came to Natchez in 1932 he introduced himself to Emily as Pinkney. He was called “Pink” and she was known in the community as “Sister.” Emily’s mother Nellie Black is introduced, as is their boarder, Edgar Allen Poe Newell or “Poe.” Both Emily and her mother were widows and domestics. All suffered from poverty, particularly in the depths of the Great Depression.

Keywords:   African American community, Domestic slave trade, Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Great Migration, Chicago, Great Depression, Emily Burns, George Pearls

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