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Today 11/19/21, while at work, a city employee contacted me regarding an experience I shared about my parents.
I told the group the group that my parents and grandparents worked as sharecroppers. The act of sharing my parent’s experiences got me to think about their struggles as a young black couple trying to make a way for themselves and their family in Dinwiddie County, VA in the late 50's early 60's.
My parents talked about doing most of the farm work and at market, the landowner subtracting costs for working the land, only from the money owed to my parents. After he subtracted costs for gas, garden tools and other items, my parents were left with little income to make it through the rest of the year, keeping them in a cycle of low income and dependency on the landowner for employment. In early 1960, my father found steady employment in Washington, DC and that changed our lives.