NAID 521401

A total of 80 blacks owned land in 1939 in Putnam County. Though not identified, this image may be the house and family of the only African-American proprietor in Harmony. Waller Wynne noted in his report that there was a class structure in the community. Whether black or white, race mattered as did land ownership. Consequently, African-American landowners had a higher status than other black families; a fact also recognized by white people. According to Waller, the Harmony family did not associate with those of a lower status—black tenants or farm hands—except in the institutional life of the community. There were no African-American business owners in Harmony, so the one black farm owner was the closest thing to a leader in his community. (NAID 521401)

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