Legacy of slavery endures in US Deep South county



All that remains of what was once a Civil War-era cotton plantation is a crumbling building overgrown by weeds. But the legacy of slavery in Jefferson County in the Deep South US state of Mississippi remains clearly visible.
Eighty-five percent of the population of Jefferson County is African-American, making it the county with the largest Black population in the entire United States.
It is also one of the poorest with average household income of just over $20,000, one-third of the national average.
Following the deaths of a number of Black Americans at the hands of the police, a national reckoning on racism has become a fixture of the November election campaign.
While large US cities have been rocked by protests for racial justice, the debate has a different flavor in Jefferson County.—Agencies