PatronPATRON + The people of Skyline Farms were seeking a better life in Jackson County [film & old photographs] some people considered it socialism November 23, 2021 December 22, 2021by Donna R Causey To view this content, you must be a member of Alabama Pioneers Patrons's Patreon at $2 or more Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content. Tags: Alabama historyJackson CountySkyline Farmssocialism
[…] in the area. Another resettlement program in Alabama was for whites only called Skyline Farms. All the photographs from Skyline Farms on this website can be found by typing Skyline Farms in […]
My dad was the man singing and playing guitar,in skyline farms band, in 1938 they went to Washington DC to play music for President,he later played Ashville nc music fest Bascom Lungsford who wrote the old song good ol mountain Dew,he played on same show with Red Foley,Archie Campbell,Ernest Tubbs.
My grandfather Harvey Talkington is in some of these old pics . He ran the rock store for years and cut hair out of it as well . I was told he helped a lot of family’s giving out credit when he couldn’t afford it himself but they say he’d say we all gota eat ! He died in 1976 I’m not sure of his age his wide cordie (big momma)died I think in 74 and she was almost 3/4 Cherokee they had two sons Charles (my dad) and Harry which are both still living .
Ms. Causey I am the secretary for the Skyline Farms Heritage Association. If you would like more photos and information you can check out our Facebook page or you can visit us at the Rock Store by appointment by messaging us on our page or by contacting me at the above email. If you would like more accurate and in depth information on the Skyline Farms Project you should contact and interview Dr. David Campbell (President of Northeast Alabama Community College) or Dr. Caroll Vann West (Professor at MTSU), or Mrs. Joyce M. Kennamer (Retire history teacher and daughter of the father of Skyline Farms) all of which are on Facebook.
My mother’s family, the Deans, lived in Alabama and sharecropped. They lived in Cullman county but a little section called “Dean Town”, and “The Colony” where black folks sharcropped with them, after her father left them, my grandmother with 9 children to raise, off to Michigan with another woman. He sent for the milk cow to sell, which was the only source of nurishment for the baby, joe. They lost everything, no one helped. My ma was a bit older, middle child, and when grandma Dean(crauswell) had a mental break down, she and another sister had to take care of the younger kids and chase after my grandmother too. The older sisters married and moved but not far away. We are still in Cullman area.
[…] Skyline farms band, in the picture above,Walter Holt to the left, and Chester Allen on the right, the Skyline farms band performed for The President in Washington DC in 1938, they were the first band to do this kind of music, and song and the square team also took to the stage on the white house lawn with them. […]
The twins: age 4
My aunt Halloween Doggett Smith , Guntersville, Al
Also my mom Ivaline Doggett King More, still living age 84 in Guntersville, Al
My uncle Bernard Doggett still living age 90
I think USA needs to do it again and teach unemployed young people in blighted city ghettos REAL WORK
My Thames family lived and worked on the commune called Escambia Farms in northwest Florida that president FDR set up in the thirties. We were all sharecroppers around that area extending far into southern Alabama and in Florida. It was a godsend to those poor folks who worked the red clay ground for the land owners who usually cheated them when the end of the year came and time to “settle up” Usually, the sharecroppers were illiterate or grateful to have any job or income in those hard times so it was easy to cheat them out of a fair wage. The last time my daddy sharecropped in Coffee County, Alabama he was given only $6.00 for a whole years work. That was 1953 and he was illiterate. He left the area and got a job at one of the textile mills in Columbus, Georgia. Sharecroppers were overjoyed to get a chance to live on the government farms and be more independent of the rotten capitalist system that held them in penniless bondage. Many of the land owners also felt that they had a right to accost the women of the tenants for their own pleasure. Sometimes that worked and sometimes not. That was removed when they were chosen to live at Escambia Farms where there was a government store that gave the tenants a fair deal and a governing body for deciding the rules. Growing up as a sharecropper’s son who lived in abject poverty made me forever a socialist and believer that capitalism is an unfair predator system.
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