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KHAFRE Inc is not for profit 501c3 organization that was officially incorporated in September of 2009, by the Mississippi Secretary of State. The purpose of the organization is to provide educational, lifestyle and cultural programs, build monuments and memorials to honor, celebrate, and recognize the rich and complex history of the Mississippi Delta and to positively impact the quality of life of those living in the Delta, especially the disproportionately poor African American community. Understanding that this organization desires to create great change that is far beyond the reach of one organization, we endeavor to be a networking hub that works with and connects non-profit organizations, educational institutions, legislators, and individuals of consciousness for the purpose of establishing a social movement that fundamentally transforms the Delta and ushers in a renaissance and renewal of the human spirit.
The Mind Behind the Mission
Sade Turnipseed is a public historian & community outreach specialist. She is also the long-time host and producer of the Delta Renaissance talk show in the Mississippi Delta, which airs during primetime on the NBC affiliate network. As Founder of Khafre, Inc, and da’ House of Khafre, Turnipseed initiated: the Cotton Pickers of America Monument, Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and Cotton Kingdom Historical Trail; the Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball; and the Healthy U Gourmet Academy for Youth in the Mississippi Delta.
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COTTON PICKERS MONUMENT OF AMERICA…
Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center is the flagship project of Khafre, Inc. This project, like none other, documents the history of field hands, landowners, and the usually forgotten mule that worked from “kin to kain’t.
Restoring the rich culture of the Mississippi Delta
By: Monica Land
More than a hundred years ago, cotton was king in the Mississippi Delta. As far as the eye could see, palatial homes surrounded by rows of the white gold dominated the state. And for those who owned them, like Edmund Richardson, they amassed great wealth and became a part of the socially elite.
But the cotton industry also had a dark side.
The millions of slaves forced to harvest the cotton worked from sunrise to sunset with their only respite coming at the hands of death. They received no salary for their efforts. And they were in fact, at the very bottom of the social scale for picking the same crop that made their owners rich.
For them and the many who would follow, cotton quickly became a symbol of cruelty and oppression. And as soon as their children learned to walk, they too were thrust upon a life in the field, forced to carry as much cotton as their little bodies could handle.
And no one ever said thank you - until now.
Dr. Cassie Sade Turnipseed, of Indianola, has made it her mission in life to make sure no one forgets their struggle. A history professor at Mississippi Valley State University, Turnipseed is determined to honor and preserve the rich and telling history of the black American experience in the Mississippi Delta by constructing the nation’s first museum dedicated to the cotton pickers of America.
“There is no documented official honor or historical acknowledgement of the people who literally tilled the path to America’s greatness,” she said. “Somewhere along the way, buried in the tear-soaked soils of the American South, the respect and honor for their hard-earned investment was lost. So, we have to do what we must to honor the legacy of those people who worked so hard all of their lives planting, chopping, picking and weaving cotton.”