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Anna Knight lived a long and prosperous life During her lifetime she accomplished many things and did a lot of great things for the church and her community She was born in 1874 in Mississippi but her family was originally from Georgia where her mother was born a slave The white man who bought the family was named Knight and he moved the family to Mississippi Obviously he also gave the family their name When slavery was abolished in 1863 the Knights moved in with one of their former owners younger sons who didnt believe in slavery They worked for him until they were able to buy land for themselves They were for obvious reasons very poor but through working together they were able to build a home and a farm on the land they had bought and make the land prosper Life in those days way very hard When slavery ended blacks were heavily discriminated against were not normally formally educated This was also the case for Anna Knight She did not go to school as a child and was not taught to read or write However through playing with the young white children in her neighborhood she was able to convince them to teach her to read and write She learned to write by copying words in the sand Like a good neighbor Anna taught the children younger than her the things she had learned In this way she was teacher even as a young child Anna was introduced to the Adventist Church in a very unconventional way Usually the case with new converts is that they have friends that bring them to church or maybe even complete strangers that introduce them to their religion Neither of these conventional ways was the case for Anna It seems that doing things the unconventional way was the case for most of Annas life She was introduced to the Adventist message through a column
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