Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed, Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi Valley State University travels to Cookeville, TN to acquire the largest collection of framed Cotton-picker fine art and Sharecropper artifacts.
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8th Annual Sweat Equity Investment in the
Cotton Kingdom Symposium
“400 YEAR’S OF MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY … THE GULLAH GEECHEE STORY”
Featuring the John Jones exhibit—
“The Color of Money”
November 6th and 7th 2019
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2018 SWEAT EQUITY SYMPOSIUM
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.
WATCH OUR STORY | SEE OUR VISION
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.
Reserve Your Legacy Brick of Honor
On the Cotton Pickers of America Monument & Memorial Plaza
HONORING COTTON PICKERS
This monument will signify the value of those who lives deserves to be honored and uplifted.
About the Organizers
Here are the people that help make this possible!
C. Sade Turnipseed
Sade Turnipseed is a public historian (educator) and community outreach (Public Relations) specialist.
Special Projects Director
Linda has been working in Special Project Management for over 15 years and currently serves as Project Director for CPOA
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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