"Gather current and former Mossville residents (in Louisiana's "cancer alley") in a room and you're likely to hear a litany of health problems and a list of friends and relatives who died young". (3). In 2014, an article in Mother Jones (2) explained that in 1790, a freed slave named Jim Moss found a place to settle down on a bend in the Houston River in the bayous of southwest Louisiana. Although never formally incorporated, the village of Mossville became one of the first settlements of free blacks in the South. But over the last half century, Mossville was surrounded. More than a dozen industrial plants now encircle the community of 500 residents, making it quite possibly the most polluted corner of the most polluted region in one of the most polluted states in the United States. In 2014 a proposal to build the largest chemical plant of its kind in the Western Hemisphere would all but wipe Mossville off the map. The project, spearheaded by the South African chemical giant SASOL, would cost as much as $21 billion. (2). There were already 14 industrial facilities around Mossville, a small community. In 2015 , Christian representatives, using the language of "environmental justice", reported that a "new chemical plant is being built in the small African-American town of Mossville in southwest Louisiana, raising significant concerns about health, safety, and environmental impact. The plant’s owner has offered to pay Mossville residents to move out of their homes and sell their churches. The company says it is being generous, but some longtime residents and religious leaders feel they are being forced out. “The church is the hub of the community, as far as relationships and as far as love and caring for one another,” said the chairman of the deacon board at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Mossville’s oldest house of worship."