Otha Turner (Othar Lee Turner)

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Madison County, Mississippi, USA
Otha Turner was born in 1907 to Hollis and Betty Turner, both sharecroppers, in Jackson County, Mississippi.

Turner's father left town shortly after he was born, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings alone. He grew up helping his mother in the fields, and was often put in charge of taking care of the rest of his family. His life of hard work began early, chopping cotton and plowing the fields as a young boy.

Turner demonstrated an unusual musical ability as a teenager. Read more...