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Re: Received Personal Letter from the Mayor

Hi Write Away,

I need to make a correction on my original post. I erroneously gave the wrong info. Mayor Earl Gray is the mayor of Ridgely, where Mile Lane is located. The letter I received was from Mayor Macie Roberson, Lake County Mayor/County Executor located at the county seat, Tiptonville. Ridgely has a mayor, Titptonville has a mayor and then Lake County has a Lake County Mayor. Tiptonville is 7 miles away from Ridgely. Mayor Roberson lived in Ridgely until 1999 and worked in one of the few grocery stores, Hornbeak Grocery for over 35 years. I remember seeing him in the grocery store when I was child

I was glad to hear about the grant and the future renovations of the Civic Center. Hopefully Lake County will receive even more grants that help to revitalize the rural areas. Although our house had running water, not all the rural houses of Ridgely did, even today. Although the country houses are gone on Mile Lane, I did hear that an African American family has built two new homes on Mile Lane. So, my next visit there will feel quite different from the last time I was there. It sadden me to see all the houses gone, but I'm sure I'll find joy to see the Lane has some new residents. I can't wait to meet them. I still dream of going to bed at night and not seeing a thing but the darkness in the room and outside. Most rural areas have utility lights outside their homes now, so I guess those days are over. :-(

Writing the Mile Lane stories has been an experience to me. Write Away you the editor are on the same note. He said that maybe my stories will open up memories of others.

I didn't realize until I started writing more of the stories, that they are like you said, history. It's best that we tell and write the history so that no one would have to make it up and change it to fit the "mold of the norm."

Chopping and picking cotton, the integration of Lara Kendall, the sit in at the Dinner Bell, going through the back door of the grocery store, getting a bathroom and running water installed, collecting pop bottles for an exchange of money, eating the forbidden morsel (ex-lax), selling the sewing machine and trying to find it are just some examples of real history that exsisted because I lived through it, saw it and remember every moment of it.

Again, everyone thanks for ALL the encouragement, because I first introduced a few stories here before the Banner accepted them. So, Afrigeneas Family, as Write Away says, write away, write away.......

Peace & love to all,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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