Black farmers; Black owned farms; narratives
Black Americans reveled in a remarkable achievement just two generations after the Emancipation Proclamation: They owned an estimated 16 million acres of farmland.
The triumph would not last.
By 1990, Black farmers lost 90% of that land. Over that same period, white farmers lost only 2% percent of their acreage. This staggering data prompted us to travel the South to visit some of the remaining Black-owned farms.
Uneven Ground, a project of the USA TODAY Network’s South region, tells the story of Black farmers who succeeded against the odds, who chose to farm despite decades of adversity and who are still inspired by their profession.