American Sharecropper

Serial no.: Marsha Kennedy-2015-001
  • Style: Figurative
  • Color: Other
  • Material: Mixed media
  • Thickness: Below 2 mm

This is one of the oldest photos that we have on my father’s side of the family. It is from the 1900s in the United States in South Carolina. 

During that time, the family was sharecroppers. Whenever they went to sell what they produced, the check was made out to the landowner. The landowner would cash the check and give my great-grandfather his share.  We do not have a photo of this grandfather. This was his brother. My great-grandfather was told that if he ever joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that his family would need to find a new place to live. He joined in secret. My father grew up in this home along beside his cousins, aunts and uncles as his siblings. 

This is photo transfer on packing tape with a gold leaf background. I often use gold leaf in my art to show it as being precious. I hand stitched the edges. The entire piece is also encased in clear packing tape to make it durable enough to be handled as an art currency. It is signed on the back.  

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Price: USD 50.00
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