ALABAMA COLLECTION: “African American Tenant Farmers at Barbecue” (1915)

African American tenant farmers assembled for a barbecue. The tenants worked for Louis Frank Sessions who appears in the front row, third from the left (wearing a light colored hat). To his right is Miss Helen Holden of Chicago. The barbecue followed a lecture by International Harvester’s Agricultural Extension Department. According to the original caption, the tenants “finished up the barbecue after the white folks had eaten their fill.” One man is holding a guitar and another is holding a violin (fiddle).

Ozarks, Alabama.

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