Making a quilt from surplus commodity cotton in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia [3]

Jack Delano, Greensboro, Georgia, 1941

On a trip through Georgia, Delano took a number of photographs under the caption, “Making a quilt from surplus commodity cotton.” Adjacent negatives depict images of a local cotton mill in Greensboro. Surprisingly to me, this is both an integrated activity, with both men and women, white and black quilting together. While not quite the charming quilting parties memorialized by the Colonial Revivalists, these shots of Georgians working cooperatively to make quilts showcases another prominent value of the New Deal – the idea that pooling resources together will lift all ships. Unfortunately, I know nothing more about these surplus cotton quilts, other than what Delano depicted in these photographs. But the mixed races and genders working together demonstrates that the Great Depression affected all.