Clarksdale photos

Clarksdale, being one of the larger towns in the area, was the scene for several FSA photographers (Lange, Mydans, Wolcott) at several times spanning 1936 through 1940.

Bagging the cottonseed meal in oil plant. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 nov)
Cakes of cottonseed meal which is fed to cattle in oil plant. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
Chitterlings, fish and sugarcane on street in Negro section on a Saturday afternoon, Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
Cleaning the press in a cottonseed oil plant. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
Commissary of the Gold Dust Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1937 Jun) Lange
Cotton chopping on Mississippi Delta land near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1936 Jun) Mydans
Cotton chopping on Mississippi Delta land near Clarksdale, Mississippi 2 (1936 Jun) Mydans
Cotton chopping on Mississippi Delta land near Clarksdale, Mississippi 3 (1936 Jun) Mydans
Cotton chopping on Mississippi Delta land near Clarksdale, Mississippi 4 (1936 Jun) Mydans
Cotton hoer near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1937 Jun) Lange
Cotton hoer near Clarksdale, Mississippi 2 (1937 Jun) Lange
Cotton hoer near Clarksdale, Mississippi 3 (1937 Jun) Lange
Cotton Receipt represents cash and can be used as such. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Oct) Wolcott

Cotton Receipt
After the cotton has been ginned, the bale is sent to a warehouse which gives a receipt to the farmer. This represents cash and can be used as such. Each bale is numbered in the warehouse.  A sample is cut out, one of the numbers torn off the ticket and both sample and ticket then sent to the cotton factory.  (This is how Ms Wolcott put it in her notes.)

Cottonseed oil plant near Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta (1939 Nov)
Credit association, Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Oct)
Day laborers bringing bags of cotton to wagon which then goes to gin near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
Day laborers picking cotton near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)


Feet of Negro cotton hoer near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1937 Jun) Lange

Highway near Clarksdale. Mississippi (1940 Jun)
Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint, Saturday evening, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
Land is so valuable that cotton is planted practically up to the school house and bank buildings. Near Clarksdale, MS (1940 Jul)
Moving 2
Moving 3
Moving on Mississippi Highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale
Negro farmers bringing samples of cotton to sell in brokers' offices. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Oct)
Negroes buying secondhand clothing with the money they earned picking cotton. Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Oct)
Old bell on Clover Hill cotton plantation, near Clarksdale. Mississippi (1939 Oct)
Old plantation bell and barn on Clover Hill Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Oct)
Rust cotton picker 3
Rust cotton picker in cotton field 2
Rust cotton picker in cotton field, Cloverdale Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Rust cotton picker on Cloverdale Plantation, Mississippi
The cooperative store at the Delta cooperative farm near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1937 Jun) Lange
The rust cotton picker in field at Clover Hill Plantation, near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1939 Nov)
The rust cotton picker in field at Clover Hill Plantation, near Clarksdale, Mississippi 2 (1939 Nov)
Tourist court in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Used car lot, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Big sales go on after cotton picking season
Used car lot, Clarksdale, Mississippi


































2 comments:

  1. Very moving photos of the Cotton hoer girl. Its always strange to look into the eyes of someone, young in a photo, but probably age deceased now. I hope she had many good moments in her life.
    In a sense she's anonomous (to us, today) and yet powerfully real and present.
    Thank you

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  2. I love Black History.....I can literally place myself in those times and relive what our ancestors went through for our freedom today.

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