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Wells-Barnett, Ida B.
Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Ida Bell Wells was the eldest of the eight children of Jim Wells and Lizzie Warrenton. Jim Wells was born in Tippah County, Mississippi, the son of his master and a slave woman, Peggy. He was trained as a carpenter and apprenticed to a white contractor in Holly Springs.