Maggie Bell and Napolean Hooper Sr.
Frank Crowder's grandparents had nine children in Grenada, Mississippi during the perils of segregation.
Maggie Bell Hooper. Maggie Bell worked in the Boyd House as a maid from 1955 to 1966. "The Boyds were prominent in town. There was a certain elitism to working for them," Maggie's daughter Minnie recalls.
Napolean Roy Hooper Sr.
Recollecting her father, Minnie says, "My dad was a big talker. You would rather have a spanking than have Daddy sit you down and start talking!"
Mr. and Mrs. Hooper taught their children to be close.
"The siblings, we all stuck together. That was our responsibility, to take care of each other, so that's what we did."
Vera Louise Hooper Parks, 1956.
Frank calls his aunt Louise "the matriarch of the family. What she says goes, hands down!"
Joe W. Parks, 1956.
On Frank purchasing the Boyd House: "I feel like it's a good thing." As far as his former employer, "I don't know what Mr. Boyd would think. He didn't show a lot of hardline prejudice like some people in Grenada."
Mary Hooper Robinson
on Frank purchasing the Boyd House: "Amazing. Caught us off guard. It is a big thing for our family. It left me speechless for a long time."
on Frank's purchase of the Boyd House: "I am so excited! It's hard to put into words. I think it's a wonderful dedication to my mother."
Joe and Vera Louise, 2001.
"I married the oldest Hooper sister, so the younger ones sort of come up under me." Before leaving Granada for Saginaw to work for General Motors, he worked for Boyd Construction for 10 years.
Beatrice, Vera Louise, Mary and Minnie. Mary recounts: "We were poor back then but we didn't know it. I think it's the bond my parents and grandparents established with us."
Seven of nine Hooper siblings.
"Having eight brothers and sisters was wonderful. There was always somebody to play with." Frank's Aunt Minnie says, "When we got to be teenagers and started dating, we couldn't go on a date without one of the siblings&
The Hooper cousins, 1970s.
Frank revealed his decades-old desire to buy the Boyd House at the family reunion in 2014. In January 2015, his American dream was fulfilled.
First cousins Keith, Tracey and Frank, 2004
. Tracey states, "I'm so proud of my cousin [Frank]. This is a significant even for all people in the area."
Frankie and his sister Ramona Blackmon.
"The Hooper House will be a place for my immediate family to stay when we visit. I'm moving my stepfather in. But it will be a home for my entire family."
The Crowder Family.
For years, Frank's wife Pam was the only one who knew of his dream to purchase the Boyd House. Once he did, he daughter Paige, seeing the house for the first time, was impressed. "Wow Dad!"
Frank Crowder, son of Maggie Lean Hopper.
Frank is now the proud owner of a home blessed with his grandmother's spirit and his aunt's energy. At the ribbon cutting in August, he will rename the home The Hooper House.
The Boyd House.
"My grandmother worked in there, my aunts worked in there, my uncles worked there. Mr. Boyd was a household topic."