A Living Monument
From Profile of a Black Heritage
by the late Dr. Lester F. Russell

Stanley High, a Columbia Broadcasting System Commentator of New York, made the following remarks over the air on January 4, 1938: I visited the "Log Cabin" community last fall. At night some of the neighbors gathered with Ben Hubert. Half of those who came were white; half were Negroes. They pulled up chairs in a large semi-circle in front of a roaring fire and talked about farming and politics; about such things as the potato crop and Gene Talmadge; about the family down the road that had typhoid fever, and the bridge on west branch that the rain had washed away, exactly as neighbors anywhere else talk about such things...Most of the important history that is being made in America right now isn't in the headlines and never will be. Hancock County so far as I know, has never made any big news, but like the rest of America I'm talking about it's making its share of history. They don't go in for lynchings in Hancock County. They go in for scientific farming, and education, and getting acquainted. That's why it's called a "lynch-proof" county. So, whenever I've had my fill of headlines about the fringe, I remember Hancock County, and I like to multiply it a hundred or so, for like communities that I know, North, South, East and West, and I say to myself, America is like that.

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