Sharecropper Plowing Montgomery County, Alabama Digital History ID 2783|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USF34-025447-D
Annotation: A year after the stock market crash, 70 percent of Charleston's black population was unemployed, and 75 percent of Memphis's black population was unemployed. In Macon County, Alabama--home of Booker T. Washington's famous Tuskegee Institute--most black families lived in homes without wooden floors or windows or sewage disposal and subsisted on salt pork, hominy grits, corn bread, and molasses. Income averaged less than a dollar a day.
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