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An exhibit featuring historical photographs documenting the early days of truck farming in Mississippi is on display at Mitchell Memorial Library through August 14th.

“Through the Lens: Copiah County Truck Farming,” an exhibit produced by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, showcases the work of Crystal Springs, Miss., native Luther M. Hamilton (1869-1944) and may be viewed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Mitchell Memorial Library.  Hamilton’s photography depicts cabbage and tomato field workers, crops at a train depot, and scenes of downtown Crystal Springs and its residents.

Truck farming originated around 1874 in Copiah County, Miss., and proved to be an effective way to diversify agricultural economy and lower financial risk of the many Mississippians who previously had depended on the cotton market.

For more information on the Hamilton exhibit and on MSU Libraries, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

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