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Join us for the 7th Annual Sweat Equity Investment Symposium at Mississippi Valley State University. On November 1-2, we will pay homage to Grandmama’nem and the wisdom they shared.

From the shared firsthand experience by Grand-mama’nem, audiences will experience the painful memories of planting, chopping, picking and spinning cotton. Though quieted, the historical memories that are revealed through songs, storytelling, and prayers still have the power and magic to sustain us.

November 2, 2018 | 7pm | Da House of Khafre | Indianola, MS

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This project, like none other, documents the history of field hands, landowners, and the usually forgotten mule that worked from “kin to kain’t” (can see in the morning to can’t see at night), and their truth and reconciliation about the “Old and New South.”

This Monumental project presents an opportunity to not only give dignity to those who made cotton “king,” but also to say “thank you” to those who with their sweat equity investments made cotton production the number one industry in America, for over two-hundred years.


What Our Attendees Say

Read a few of the responses left by people who attended our Sweat Equity Investment Symposiums in the past.

It was truly an experience. There was so much knowledge and information I received that I would have never thought to consider. It really helps to have this insight so you can be aware and informed of our country's history.
Emily R.
SEIS 2015
I really didn't know what to expect at first but after attending the Symposium I can honestly say that I can't wait for the next one! It really helped me appreciate being from the Delta and learning the importance of paying respect.
Mike D.
SEIS 2016
I've heard great things about the symposium and I'm planning on going this year. As a student, I don't often get to share experiences with my peers that focus on historical aspects outside the classroom.
Dominic J.
SEIS 2017

November 2, 2018 | 7pm | Da House of Khafre | Indianola, MS

Reserve Your Legacy Brick of Honor

On the Cotton Pickers of America Monument & Memorial Plaza


This monument will signify the value of those who lives deserves to be honored and uplifted.

Help us honor their legacy.

It's Purpose

It is essential for America to not only pay their respects, but to honor those who lived their lives confined to plantations.

It's Potential

By erecting this monument and many others, we can help this country move forward with acknowledging the suffrage Cotton Pickers and all enslaved experienced.

It's Importance

Beyond the educational and social value this monument will provide, it will be a necessary extension of the Mississippi Delta; adding to its historical significance and tourist economy.

About the Organizers

Here are the people that help make this possible!

C. Sade Turnipseed

Founder, MBA/MS/PHD

Sade Turnipseed is a public historian (educator) and community outreach (Public Relations) specialist.

Linda Rule

Special Projects Director

Linda has been working in Special Project Management for over 15 years and currently serves as Project Director for CPOA


Monument Sculptor

Ed’s sculptor will display the rigorous history of “Cotton Picking” and farm labor in the Mississippi Delta.

T. Clarice Norton

Youth Outreach Coordinator

Clarice is a longtime teacher and youth advocate with a focus of getting kids excited about history in the Mississippi Delta.

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