By Elizabeth Dede
Maisie and Carranza Morgan definitely lived their lives in scorn of the consequences.
Neighbors of Koinonia Farm, they lived on a farm just East of Koinonia. Here’s what’s unusual: Carranza was an African American farmer who owned his own land. His grandfather was a slave and bought the land for his family in 1886. Carranza farmed it into his old age.
In the violent and turbulent times at Koinonia Farm, during the 1950s and 60s, when the boycott had a stranglehold on the farm, Carranza courageously broke the boycott, bringing in truckloads of farm supplies under cover of darkness. He risked his and Maisie’s lives because he believed that all people are brothers and sisters, and he supported Koinonia Farm in its Christian life of racial reconciliation.
Maisie Morgan worked faithfully in the bakery. Koinonia’s employment of African American people had always been anathema to the white people of Americus–Sumter County, Georgia. Thus, Maisie also risked her life. She supported the life and commitment of Koinonia just as Carranza did.
Carranza once said of Clarence that he’d never known a man like him. Carranza said, “Clarence was just down to help people.”
Today the farm is still in the family. A nephew of Carranza and Maisie lives there and keeps the operation alive. He stops in to visit us in the Welcome Center from time to time.
Koinonia’s history is one of courage and faith. Maisie and Carranza Morgan exemplify that so well for us. Thank you.