Young African-American man cutting tobacco on Russei Spears farm, Lexington, Kentucky, 1940. Photo courtesy Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives
Kentucky's Tobacco Tradition
Photographs of farms and curing barns and an essay
of six pages are used to document this culture that so dominates
the economy of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region. The skills and
knowledge required in tobacco farming have been passed down from
generation to generation, resulting in a distinctive regional folk
culture revolving around the family farm and communal
Originally submitted by: Ernie Fletcher, Representative (6th District).
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