MACE

Faith • Love • Unity • Endurance

Sharing our family history to amplify the Black experience in America.

IN THE SPIRIT OF HEALING

We first wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to the Edwards, Mississippi region. We acknowledge and honor the Natchez and Chahta Yakni (Choctaw) Tribes, the original people of the land upon which the Mace Family created its foundation.

MISSISSIPPI

ABOUT

We are the direct descendants of George Mace Jr. and Queen Esther (Lowe) Mace of Hinds County, Mississippi. This large family began when a young pregnant woman, Harriett arrived in Edwards, Hinds County, Mississippi from Kentucky to work for the Montgomery family. She birthed her son, George Mace Sr. just a few years before the Civil War. George Mace Sr. was the father of George Mace Jr. and set the tone for many of his family members to be farmers, landowners, educators and entrepreneurs. While many descendants remained in Mississippi, many migrated to Louisiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Ohio, Milwaukee, California, Portland, Maryland, etc.

WHY?

Through this project we have created a living vessel of our family’s history that will serve later generations in search of their past and their place in American History. It is our turn to control our narratives and give life to our forgotten ancestors. We hope our story makes you think and wonder and ask new questions and most of all, we hope you are inspired to tell us yours. 

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"AMER'ICAN, n. - A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America."

-1828 Webster Dictionary

FEATURED EXHIBITS

HARRIETT MOZIQUE

Harriet’s life journey would take her deeper into the clutches of slavery just as the institution was bracing itself for a reckoning to be witnessed on the world stage. Harriet’s story is unique but not uncommon.

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GEORGE MACE SR.

George Mace Sr. grew up free and, frankly, had not known much of slavery. He was only about three years old when the war ended and all the slaves were declared free. George Mace Sr. had come to Hinds County, Mississippi with his mother from Kentucky, but he didn’t remember much.

GEORGE MACE JR.

George Jr. was a hard-working man, a devoted husband and loving father. When his wife died at the age of 44 he was so heartbroken that he grieved himself to death living behind 11 children to carry on the family name.

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THE DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE MACE JR.

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