Former Slave Freetown Becomes Fenceline Community
Mossville, one of United States’ first freetowns, founded in 1790, is disappearing as Sasol, an energy and chemical company, is offering residents buy-outs. The buy-outs are working because, though families have lived there for generations, Mossville is a fenceline community with petrochemical plants, oil refineries, and a vinyl chloride factory. Mossville residents have been dealing with chronic diseases due to highly toxic pollutants that cause cancer, damage to reproductive systems, and disruptions in normal hormone functions. Efforts were made by Mossville citizens in 2009 to prove its neighbours’ toxicity, but little came from it.