Wilcox County Black History
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The first recorded white resident to live in the area was Joseph Gee, a planter from Halifax, North Carolina, who
came in 1816, established a plantation, and named the place for himself. Upon his death in 1824, he left 47 black
slaves. Two of his North Carolina nephews, Sterling and Charles Gee, came to Alabama in the hopes of inheriting his
estate. During the legal maneuverings, Sterling inherited a family estate back home and returned to live there. Charles
became manager of the Gee's Bend plantation. Some people say the Bend accommodated a slave trading operation for the
Gees between Alabama and North Carolina.
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