One of Twitty's projects is his "Southern Discomfort Tour" — a journey through the "forgotten little Africa" of the Old South. He picks cotton, chops wood, works in rice fields and cooks for audiences in plantation kitchens while dressed in slave clothing to recreate what his ancestors had to endure.
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Crews worked to remove the statue of Supreme Court judge and segregationist Roger Taney from the front lawn of the Maryland State House late Thursday night. Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that defended slavery and said black Americans could never be citizens.
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The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag in the top left corner, is displayed with the flags of the other states and territories in the tunnel connecting the Senate office building and the U.S. Capitol in 2015.
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Memorial Hall, a dorm at Vanderbilt University, used to be Confederate Memorial Hall. The first word is being removed from an inscription on the building.
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Hundreds of people participate in a rally to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag outside the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 18, a month after flag supporters gathered there for their own event.
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Protesters close their eyes in silent prayer as they stand on the South Carolina Statehouse steps during a rally to take down the Confederate flag, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.
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Waverly Adcock, a sergeant and founder of the West Augusta Guard, prepares his company for inspection and battle at a Civil War re-enactment in Virginia. Sara Smith, whose great-great-grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, holds the Confederate battle flag.
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