Black Herstory: Ms. Rose Johnson of Turkey Creek Mississippi

An hour’s drive east of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico, there thrives the largely unknown historic Black settlement of North Gulfport and Turkey Creek, Mississippi, established in 1866. Despite Interstate 49, which separates North Gulfport from Turkey Creek, these two historically connected communities still organize as one and together advocate against gentrification, environmental racism, and the unsustainable infill development of the Turkey Creek watershed, which community leaders insist makes their historic enclave of kinfolk dramatically flood prone.