Dorothy Wilson talks about her grandfather, William Griffin. The history of William Griffin goes back to 1886. The Griffin family were sharecroppers and farmers. Her grandfather purchased 80 acres of land so he would have land for his family and also to provide homes for others. He sold his first acre of land for a $150.
The community was segregated and Bethel High School was the school for black students. Teachers were recruited for Columbia to teach at Bethel. Mr. Griffin provided housing for many of these teachers during the week and they would return to their homes on the weekend.