Eagle Sculpture, Lyons Post Office

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Of all the public art created during the Depression in post offices and other public buildings throughout Georgia, this eagle by the great Italian sculptor Albino Manca is one of the most beautiful.

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Cuthbert City Hall, 1940

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Cuthbert’s Mid-Century Modern City Hall was a project of the WPA, near the tail-end of funding for the New Deal agency.  It’s a quiet  landmark of governmental architecture and utilitarian design. The bell seen below lists the names of the committee members who oversaw its construction.

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Cuthbert City Hall © Brian Brown 2012

Via: http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2012/09/03/city-hall-1940-cuthbert/

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Tony Thompson, Ex-Slave

Tony Thompson a man who was born in Slavery Greene County GA June 1941 Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

One of the most important facets of the work done by the WPA photographers was their documentation of living survivors of slavery, who by the Great Depression were all elderly men and women. Many were glad to be able to tell their stories and we are lucky to have the visual and historical record today. This gentleman was Tony Thompson of Greene County.

Jack Delano/Library of Congress (June 1941)

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Read-Clayton-Thompson House, Greensboro

Read Clayton Thompson House Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

Frances Benjamin Johnston made detailed shots of the facade of this house, a landmark of Greene County in its day.

Read Clayton Thompson House Greensboro GA Front Porch Details Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Read Clayton Thompson House Greensboro GA Front Porch Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Read Clayton Thompson House Greensboro GA Architectural Details Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress (1939 or 1944)

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Frances Benjamin Johnston in Greene County

Old Shop Greensboro Vicinity 1939 Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Old Shop Near Greensboro

Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the first famous American women photographers and though she isn’t widely known outside academic circles today, she left behind a large archive of both personal and public work. The images seen here represent the focus of her later years, Southern architecture. The Library of Congress lists possible dates of 1939 and 1944 for these images. Since she was working widely in other Southern states at the time, they could date to either year. At any rate, they represent an important archive.

Two story brick building Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

Two-story Brick Building, Greensboro

House in Greensboro Vicinity GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

House Near Greensboro

Old Frame Episcopal Church Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Episcopal Church, Greensboro

Jail Greensboro GA Greene County Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Old Greene County Jail, Greensboro

Greene County Courthouse Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County Courthouse, Greensboro

All Images Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress (1939 or 1944)

For more about Johnston’s fascinating life story:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/fbjchron.html

 

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Greene County Fair, October 1941

Greene County GA Fair 1941 Ring Toss Game Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

When Jack Delano made these photographs one October evening in 1941 in Greensboro, America was readying for war and times were changing quickly. In 1941, the county fair passed for “high-end” entertainment.

Greene County GA Fair October 1941 Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County GA Fair 1941 Recreation Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Fairs were one of the few places where African-American and white Georgians came together in public, without much attention to the Jim Crow laws that pervaded the wider society of the day, though restrictions were still in place in the broader context.

Greene County GA Fair 1941 African Americans Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County GA Fair October 1941 Children Having Fun Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Jack Delano/Library of Congress (October 1941)

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Kicklighter General Store, Tattnall County

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L-R: Buster Smith, Jenice Smith, Robert Collins, Jerry A Kicklighter, Shirley Ann Smith, Bobby C Kicklighter, Neil Smith, Asbery Kicklighter, Retta Kicklighter, Carlton Kicklighter.  Asberry & Retta Kicklighter were the owners.

A few weeks ago, Bobby C. Kicklighter identified an old country store I had photographed in Tattnall County as belonging to his grandfather. Not only was I glad to learn the identity of the place, but I was also honored when he shared these vintage photographs, circa 1937. They’re a rare and candid glimpse into another time. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I like the top image because it shows more of the store, and the owners, but the one below of the kids is great, too. I’ll have to settle for liking them both.

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LR: Robert Collins, Shirley Ann Smith, Jerry A Kicklighter, Bobby C Kicklighter, Neil Smith

Both vintage photographs are Courtesy of  Bobby C. Kicklighter

And here’s the store as it appeared in 2012, barely hanging on but a miraculous survivor. Located on Tattnall County’s idyllic Hencart Road, near Beard’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church, it was razed in 2013. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph it before its demise.

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