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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF34-040820-D]

Jack Delano

Leaving the South

Following on the heels of the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, the second wave, between 1940 and 1970, was even larger than the first. During the 1940s alone, as many African Americans left the South as had during the previous three decades. The South experienced an out-migration of almost 4.5 million African Americans. Here, a family prepares for a trip north, from Florida to New Jersey.

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Image ID: 1211802
Title: Group of Florida migrants on their way to Cranberry, New Jersey, to pick potatoes; Near Shawboro, North Carolina, July 1940.
Source: Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Collection.
Name: Delano, Jack () - Photographer
Depicted: July 1940
Location: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF34-040820-D]
Subjects: African Americans -- Employment
African Americans -- Florida
Currituck County (N.C.)
North Carolina

Keywords: Automobiles
Children - United States
Dress - United States
Family - Florida
Great Migration, 1940-1970
Men - United States
New Jersey
Women - United States
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