Vintage Photos of African-American Migrant Workers in Upstate New York

Recently, I found photos once owned by Mary Elizabeth Anderson, a late great aunt from my mom’s side.  Some of the photos contained black and white images of migrant workers.  I borrowed those from my Uncle Hollis, the person who now owns them.

My maternal grandparents were migrant workers.   With other African-Americans, they would travel from Sanford, Florida to Upstate New York, around the Rochester area.

In Upstate New York, migrant workers picked cherries, peaches and mostly apples.  In Florida, they usually picked oranges.

African-Americans no longer do these jobs.  Nowadays, migrant jobs are done by Mexicans and Caribbeans.

Most of the following photos appear to be in Upstate New York.  As far as dates go, I could only tell if the photos themselves were dated.  Of all the folks in the pics, there’s only one person my mother and I could actually identify.  Read on and you’ll see who.

 

 

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