Following the Civil War, some former slaves bought the land where they had labored and established farm communities in the deep South, such as in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta bottomlands. Although farming was the dominant occupation, Black farm families founded churches, schools and small businesses, etc. in these farm communities throughout the South. However due to systemic racism - disenfranchising Black voters, bank credit for seed or machinery not available to Black farmers, government farm policies administered by White agents, and exploitation due to widespread Black illiteracy, lack of fertile land accessible to Blacks, indebtedness and land title problems most Black farm families lost their land. Black farmers either had to resort to the condition of virtual bondage of sharecropping or fled the region as part of the Great Migration.
About The Gallery
JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.