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From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields: The Anna Knight Story


Born in the south to a slave mother and a white father; Anna Knight grew up in the Jasper County; Mississippi cotton fields. Realizing this wasn’t for her; she taught herself to read and write and eventually became the first in her family to graduate from College. In From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields; author Dorothy Knight Marsh tells her great-aunt’s story. This memoir follows Anna from her early years in Mississippi; around the world; and back again. She graduated as a nurse from Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and later returned home and operated a self-supporting school for the adults and children. Anna was then appointed a missionary to India; serving nearly seven years. Never forgetting those she left behind; Anna returned to the United States and restarted the school the knight riders burned. From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields narrates the story of a woman of purpose who had no fear; dedicated her life to education; establishing schools throughout the south for all black children.