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Rev. James Taft Freeman
Rev. James Taft Freman was born in Lamont in Bolivar County, Mississippi on Nov. 15, 1909. After his mother's death at 28 years of age, his father Earnest took care him, his four siblings and his grandmother. In the following years, he was mentored by a Baptist pastor and his wife about his debt to Christ and to the continent of Africa. Their influence remained throughout his life and undoubtedly contributed to his 27 years of missionary work in East Africa. He also pastored many churches throughout the U.S. after completing his B. A. from Lane College in Jackson, Tn.
In early 1947, Rev. Freeman was recommended by one of his former classmates to fill the pulpit at Morning Star Baptist Church in Humboldt, Tn., and thus began his ten year relationship with the churches of Humboldt.
In 2002 Rev. Freeman sat outside as ground was broken for the Tom & O. E. Stigall Ethnic Library & History Museum, named to honor two Virginians who came to Humboldt and established the first school for black children. He literally sold the bricks ,symbolically, that would be used to construct the museum. Additional money was raised by the community, and the construction labor was donated by local citizens as well. This museum is owned by the black community of Humboldt.