Following the Civil War, most African Americans in the South continued to work the land, but meaningful land reform never occurred, and the great majority of Black southerners struggled to obtain their own farms. This exhibit explores the obstacles faced by Black farmers, the programs that sought to ameliorate discriminatory conditions in the agricultural industry, and the Black-owned farms that play an important role in today’s economy.

Exhibit by Toni Johnson. Fact checking by John Prechtel.