Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a FSA cooperative, Natchitoches, La. A Negro family (?) seated on the porch of a house (LOC)

Wolcott, Marion Post,, 1910-1990,, photographer.


Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a FSA cooperative, Natchitoches, La. A Negro family (?) seated on the porch of a house


1940 August


1 slide : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.




African Americans


United States--Louisiana--Natchitoches


Format: Slides--Color


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 11671-7 (DLC) 93845501


General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at


Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):


Call Number: LC-USF35-110



  • David 7y

    A picture is worth a thousand words...
  • fotos-de-alejandra 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Social Documentary Photography & events, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 7y

  • 7y

    a true face of america
  • Tafari 6y

  • v loves nature 6y

    I believe this is the meaning of the term "dirt poor."
  • Criz Stoddard 6y

    This image has been used in the post: Black History across the Commons - Part 2

  • Sumi-l 6y

    Dignified and Free...sort of. I'm curious about their story.
  • Smithsonian Institution 5y

    Good morning,

    We published a blog post about a gallery created by a Flickr member using this photo. You can see it here -


    Effie, the Smithsonian
  • Paul O'Mahony 5y

    Amazing to find this photo after I came across another photo that was presented from it. The other image cut off most of the people. I love both images - it simply never crossed my mind that I might be looking at a bit of a much bigger image.

    Shows how much I have to learn about presenting photos
  • Ed Pischedda 5y

    Aside from the grubby hat worn by the older girl in the previous cropped version of this scene, that shot didn't say "poor" to me: the kids were well-scrubbed and their clothes freshly washed. This larger, more expansive photo however tells a much different story.

    I suspect the combination of these two photos was a deliberate illustrative effort by the photographer - interesting. The close-up photo said to me, "These people could be part of your community"; this one says "Man, what's up with these people - what happened to them?". The combination of the two photos gives me greater respect for photography as an art form.
  • cuisle west ... away awhile 5y

    What an incredibly beautiful image!
  • Pochonbo 3y

    Dressed in rags, living in a crumbling shack, working on a white man's farm, and not a single one can afford a pair of shoes; not much difference between 1840 and 1940.
  • budderflyman 2y

    Remember, this was 1940. This was before LBJ's "War on Poverty", these people were probably exploited farm pickers who made maybe a few dollars a day. There were also poor whites who lived that way, too. You realize there was no Medicaid back then, no Medicare, and Social Security was in its infancy. But, rest assured these people had no social security. They worked for cash. Nothing more. There were no birth control pills so women had children when they couldn't afford them. It wasn't their fault any more than the men with whom they shared private moments. I doubt anyone ever discussed family planning with them. Children were always considered a blessing. "The Lord will provide" and all that sort of justification.
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