Men and mules.

These photographs of African-American Wilson County tobacco farm laborers were likely taken by Raines & Cox in the 1940s.

Photos courtesy of Keith Barnes, The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market: A Pictorial History of Tobacco in Wilson, North Carolina (2007).

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  1. Memories

    I remember working in the tobacco fields. It was referred to as cropping tobacco. In order to get it ready for the market, there were several steps that had to be followed. Once it was cropped and delivered to a shelter, it had to be taken off the tobacco truck by hand and passed to someone that would loop the tobacco on a stick. Once the stick was full, it was carried and hung on wooden hanging racks. At the end of the day, the tobacco was moved from the hanging racks and carried to a barn and hung on racks in the barn, to be cured.
    The processing steps were called: Cropping, Trucking, Handing, looping and cured.

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