Janice Jackson, Evelyn Pierce, and Ethel Sawyer, along with six other women are under arrest for the crime of reading in a "white only" library. The nine women sat quitely at different tables reading books that were not available in the "colored" library. When they refused to leave, they were arrested for "disturbing the peace" and became known as the Tougaloo Nine, so named because they all attended Tougaloo college in Mississippi, 1961.
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"Enslaved women who worked in the fields were required to return to the field shortly after giving birth, so they had to balance the duties of being a field worker with being a mother as well. Enslaved women would take very short breaks to nurse their children before returning to hours of grueling labor."
Information concerning slaves held among the Yancey family