Wray Plantation, Greene County

Plantation house where the Wray family has lived for generations cotton plantation 2700 acres, employing fifty tenant families in 1918 and seven tenant families in 1937

In her notes, legendary photograph Dorothea Lange wrote that the Wray family had lived in this house and farmed this land for generations. The devastation of the Great Depression reduced a tenant farm of 2700 acres supporting fifty families in 1918 to one barely subsisting with seven families in 1937. Erosion and abandonment on the plantation are highlighted in the two images that follow.

Erosion on the Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

Old Wagons on the Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

A master of documentary portraiture, Lange turned her camera on what she called a “Southern lady of the old school, on the veranda of the Big House of the Wray Plantation” in July 1937. The lady appears to be in her 80s, so my guess is that she was born just before or around the outset of the Civil War.

Old School Southern Lady Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Old School Southern Lady on Porch of Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Old Southern Lady Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress (1937)

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