cotton press

Harper’s Weekly: cotton team.

Cotton Team in North Carolina. [Drawn by Edwin Forbes.]

Harper’s Weekly was famed for its lithographs. Though none are known to depict Wilson County scenes, several feature tableaux that would have been typical of the area. This engraving, published 12 May 1866, shows two African-American men traveling with a wagon loaded with cotton bales. A barn and cotton press stand in the background.

Thanks to J. Robert Boykin III for sharing this image.