For as long as I can remember, my grandfather shared with me stories about the farm where he was born and raised. How his grandfather, my great grandfather (PaPaw), acquired land around the 1890’s in Louisiana where he farmed and raised a family.
During the pandemic of 2020 my wife, children and I spent our newly found free time to reconnect with our family’s roots, uncover more of our history, where we came from, the triumphs and tribulations of our ancestors and what created the bond that we continue to grow and develop today.
To read and know how the Jim Crow laws of the South affected our ancestors and how they were able to overcome those laws for their personal survival and existence was both heart-wrenching and incredible. To understand how it was for a black man, who was born 2 years after emancipation, was able to own 100 acres was inspiring. Then to learn how that same land was lost in the 1960s was devastating.
Our goal, as a family, was to regain land ownership and continue to grow and nurture a legacy for our descendants while setting a positive example of social change and stewardship of the environment. Out of that PaPaws Farm was established.
We do this in honor of all those who came before. We do this in honor of Pa Paw!