Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Legend of Newton Knight

"'When you grow up in the South, you hear all the time about your "heritage," like it's the greatest thing there is,' he says. 'When I hear that word, I think of grits and sweet tea, but mostly I think about slavery and racism, and it pains me. Newt Knight gives me something in my heritage, as a white Southerner, that I can feel proud about. We didn't all go along with it.'"

In anticipation of the new movie Free State of Jones, Richard Grant in Smithsonian visits Jones County, Mississippi.

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