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Steven J. Niven

country music singer, was born Charl Frank Pride to Mack Pride and Tessie B. Stewart sharecroppers in Sledge Mississippi a small community in the Mississippi Delta county of Quitman The fourth of eleven children Charl s name was mistakenly changed to Charley on his birth certificate and the name stuck His upbringing in Sledge was in many ways similar to that of his parents and to the vast majority of African Americans who had labored in the cotton growing Delta region since it had been cleared of its forests hanging vines and canebrakes and settled in the late nineteenth century Young Charley grew up in a three room tin and wood shotgun shack where the children slept four to a bed and picked cotton from an early age Charley admired and loved but as a child did not particularly like his father a deacon in the Baptist Church ...