Juneteenth roots run deep in Douglass neighborhood

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 19, 2023 6:05 PM CT | Published: June 17, 2023 7:19 PM CT

“Douglass is exactly 40 acres and was given to a freed slave by his former slaveowner and that family still lives in Douglass,” said organizer Kathy Yancy-Temple. “My family were freed from this very land, and we have families that go back six, seven, even eight generations here.


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Alicia Davidson

Alicia Davidson

Alicia Davidson is a lifelong Memphis resident and graduate of The University of Memphis College of Journalism and Strategic Media. When not scribbling about the latest Memphis news, you will find her reading historical biographies, cooking Italian cuisine and practicing vinyasa yoga.


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