SOSO, Miss. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years have passed since the Civil War, but in Mississippi, the descendants of a legendary rebel are still separating the facts of his life from fiction. Newton Knight, a white farmer from Jones County, rebelled against the Confederate Army, and spent years evading capture. He married a woman named Serena and later moved in with a former slave named Rachel, and shared his life with both.
For the Knight family today, the taboo surrounding their ancestor's interracial relationship has lifted, and his descendants join together to share pictures, stories and documents that might lead to an understanding of their ancestors' lives. Much of the story is still subject to debate, but they agree on at least some details about Knight's life.