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Mama's Family: 1941

Mama's Family: 1941

March 1941. "Negro family waiting for ride into town. Halifax County, Virginia." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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I remember mama

Although I cannot remember her name, there was a comedienne/actress in the 1940 who is a dead-ringer for the mother complete to the expression on her face.

I believe she starred mainly in movies of the time directed to the African-American audience.

Perhaps some of your readers will remember her name.

Glory Hallelujah!

It's Aunt Esther from "Sanford and Son"!

Town of Sutherlin

Taking a stab at the location, the sign could be for, or pointing towards, Sutherlin, near the southern edge of Halifax County. It's barely a place today but it was on the Richmond to Danville train line and perhaps used to merit a road sign.

There is a Route 655 in Halifax County but today it's about 15 miles away near Alton. Route 656 seems to pass by Sutherlin. Perhaps the road numbering has changed over the years? Maybe the bottom sign on the post reads "656"? Or maybe I'm way off base.

It might be a workday

... but those are definitely "Sunday go to meeting" shoes.

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