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Reproduced with permission from Ebony/Johnson Publishing Company.

Ebony, August 1971

Many Reasons to Come Back

The educational background of the migrants and their reasons for returning south are varied. George Irwin and his wife, Asia, left Vicksburg in 1942 for Chicago, where George worked as a maintenance man and plumber at a foundry and did other odd jobs. In 1968 George moved his family back south after a visit during which he saw white men digging ditches under the supervision of African Americans. His sister, Dilla, moved back to the South in order to "help change things" in 1955, after twenty-six years in Chicago. She was assistant dean of women at Grambling College in Louisiana, then editor and publisher of the African-American paper Vicksburg Citizens Appeal, after which she became a full-time civil rights worker, organizing voter-registration drives, sit-ins, and boycotts. Pictured here, from left to right, are George's and Asia's daughter Carolyn (standing), Dilla, George, and Asia in Vicksburg.

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