Photographer Larry Herman, London, United Kingdom

© Photograph by Pete Maclaine

British Photographer, Larry Herman returned Land, Land, Land photographs to 
FSC/LAF Archive in 2019. The exhibit will primarily include several photos of the collection. 

BLACK FARMER ART EXHIBITION 2020

Featured Speaker: Ambassador Andrew Young Jr.

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Featured Musicians
Jock Webb Sr.  & Clarence Davis

Meet A Few Panelist

Wenceslaus & Angie Provost

Provost Farms LLC.

New Iberia, LA

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Angie and her husband Wenceslaus will be featured panelists at the Exhibit.

Background

Black sugarcane farmers were once large economic forces in south Louisiana--they are landowners, entrepreneurs, and hard workers.

Similar to what is portrayed on OWN's "Queen Sugar" television series, African American cane farmers have become nearly extinct.

The Provost family — some of the very last black sugarcane farmers in the United States — has experienced many of these same problems as illustrated on TV. They have raised sugarcane for over four generations, yet their once-vast farm has fallen victim to discriminatory loan servicing by unscrupulous lenders and unfair treatment by sugar mill executives.

ATLANTA EVENT

Carter Presidential Center | 453 Freedom Parkway

April 30, 2020 | 6:30pm-10pm

Cocktail Reception|Exhibit|Farm Panel|Live Blues

A Photo Exhibition to educate on the contributions of black farmers, the importance of land, farming, food sovereignty, and farming that supports the planet.

The evening of the exhibit will include a reception with live blues and a resource panel of food activists, black farmers, and policy think tanks.

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SHOWINGS

Atlanta Georgia

Washington, DC

Birmingham, Alabama

Chicago, Illinois

Image by Brett Jordan

ABOUT

The Federation of Southern Cooperative, Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) is a non-profit located in East Point, Georgia. The reason FSC/LAF’s existence since its founding in 1967 is to assist black farmers in the Deep South avoid land loss and to become or remain viable operations. Throughout our 52 year history, we have been active in advocacy work for minority and disadvantaged farmers and landowners. We provide technical assistance and support to farmers in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina.

 

Over the past years, we have been focused on social change through the building and development of rural communities in the South. We have many archived works of art, documents, and photos spanning over these many years. Land is one of the greatest and most valuable assets African American farmers possess. Black farmland ownership, which peaked in 1910 at 16 to 19 million acres, has decreased to less than 3 million acres today. The causes of underutilization and loss of rural black land are numerous and complex. The art expo will show the life and tell the story of many families that continues to be keepers of the land and food providers. We further want to educate a new generation on the contribution of these farmers, the importance of land ownership and the importance of farming, food sovereignty, and sustainable farming. The evening of the exhibit will include a reception with live blues and a resource panel of food activists, black farmers, and policy thinktanks.

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Fish Appetizer

Cocktail Reception

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Andrew Young Jr. became active in the civil rights movement, working with Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Entering politics, Young served in Congress, was the first African American ambassador to the United Nations and became mayor of Atlanta. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Proceeds benefit limited resource farmers, landowners, and cooperatives

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Sponsors/Partners

Ratliff 
Charitable Foundation

From Land, Land, Land- Larry Herman

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Being Rescheduled due to COVID19

LAND, LAND, LAND!

During the past century, the character of farming in the United States has changed beyond recognition. In 1910, African American farmers owned 15.6 million acres of farmland. Today, less than 2.5 million acres are farmed by Black families in the South and they are collectively losing land at the rate of 9,000 acres a week. Between 1920 and 1992, the number of farms owned by African Americans decreased from 925,000 to 18,616, a ninety percent drop.

This project, "Land, Land, Land!", documented the lives of Black farmers throughout the southern United States. I photographed them in their environment and how they were organized to defend a culture under profound economic and social pressure. 

The photographs here are the result of the first two months' work of a project that took a few years to finish and is now part of the traveling exhibition. This exhibition was very much a "work in progress". At the end of the project, fifty-seven photos were donated to the Federation as part of the permanent archive of the Federation.

-Larry Herman

These farmers are some of the best Blues musicians we know.  You are in for a treat!!

Photographer Larry Herman, London, United Kingdom

© Photograph by Pete Maclaine