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Green Pastures: 1940

Green Pastures: 1940

June 1940. "Colored tourist cabins along U.S. Highway No. 1, between Washington and Baltimore. Near Waterloo, Maryland." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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"Green Pastures" seems pretty obviously to be a reference to the 23rd Psalm ("He maketh me to lie down in green pastures"). However, it may also suggest "The Green Pastures", a very popular Pulitzer Prize winning play featuring an all African-American cast in a modernized reframing of stories from the Old Testament. It ran on Broadway in 1930-31 and was performed all over the country in the following years. In 1936 "The Green Pastures" was made into a successful Hollywood movie.

Now 5 cents

They're mild!

I just can't

with the goat on the steps. It is a goat, right?

Nanny service

I don't think many tourist cabins today come complete with goat.

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I wonder if the name Green Pastures was a thinly veiled reference to the Green Book, a popular travel guide to accommodations that served African Americans during the years of segregation.

Groundskeeper on duty

Notice the goat asleep on the steps.

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