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Tifton's impact on America

Dr. Earl S. Parker Dr. Earl S. Parker
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

This picture of two little girlsstanding outside a Tifton Cotton factory in 1909 caught the eye of Massachusettsjournalist and historian Joe Manning.  Hewanted to know the story behind the two girls, so he contacted the TiftonGazette for help. 

"He started looking for anybodythat knew them and somewhere along the way he got my name, so he got in touchwith me," said Dr. Earl S. Parker, retired ABAC Professor.

Dr. Earl S. Parker learned one of thegirls in the picture was his mother, even though he never knew she lived in thetown he called home for years.  And hestill hasn't met Manning, the man who helped him learn about his family's past.

"No, he called, and I still don'tknow him except by telephone. I haven't met him yet, but I'll meet him tomorrowat least," said Dr. Parker.

He'll also meet relatives he's neverseen. The research into that first picture snowballed and led him to relativesaround the country.

"It's going to be an interestingexperience, except there are going to be a crowd of people that I don't know,but all of them related to Catherine," said Dr. Parker.

More than 50 family members, that Dr.Parker had no idea he was related too, are invited to the Georgia Museum ofAgriculture Saturday afternoon.

"All of these people here hadfamilies and a member of these families will be here, somebody here becausemost of these people have passed away," said Dr. Parker.

"So you are meeting people thatyou are related to and had no idea?" asked WALB reporter Ryan Beesley.

"That's right I really don't knowwho they are," said Dr. Parker.

Thanks to a partnershipwith South Georgia Bank Joe Manning will be financially supported in order toattend tomorrow's reunion.

You can see it at theGeorgia Museum of Agriculture from Tuesday- Saturday 9am-4:30pm

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