Surviving Droughts, Tornadoes and Racism

An African-American family has established a farming dynasty in Alabama. The trade war is just the latest challenge. The farm was started in the 1870s by George Bridgeforth, Greg’s great-grandfather, who had been born into slavery. The family has survived droughts, tornadoes and the bool weevil during the century and a half that successive generations […]

The Pattersons (left to right): Arnell, Rodrick, Joe, Samuel II, Beatrice, Samuel Sr., Michael Jr. and Essie
(Progressive Farmer image by John Keen)

Patterson Family

Post-World War II, Percy Patterson, from Drew, Mississippi, was weighing his options for a future. Instead of heading north like a lot of young men his age, he decided to stay in Mississippi. All around him, the flatland boasted some of the most fertile soil for agriculture. Percy would learn that one thing–the soil–would change […]