Friday, November 14, 2008

Sen. John McCain: Mississippi Roots

I ran into a fascinating article about Sen. John McCain --

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article and accompanying video about the McCain families in Carroll County, Mississippi: the descendants of John McCain's ancestors who still remain in the area where those ancestors owned a cotton plantation (Teoc), and the descendants of the slaves who worked that plantation and took their owners' surname. The McCains have a biannual reunion where family members of both groups of descendants meet.

Charles McCain, grandson of a slave at Teoc, the white McCain plantation, was active in the Civil Rights Movement:

Charles McCain was a central figure in the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. When civil-rights workers swarmed Mississippi in 1964, the black McCains housed white activists and received bomb threats and harassing calls.

Continued --

Link to Charles McCain record in the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

Link to Charlie McCain

To find all McCain Links -- Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

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