Interview with Dean Phillip Jenkins, January 5, 1992
Part of African American Farmers Oral History Project
- Interview with Dean Phillip Jenkins, January 5, 1992
- Dean Phillip Jenkins; interviewee. Maureen Mullinax; interviewer.
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- Although he has an off-farm job as a construction worker, Dean Jenkins also raises tobacco and cattle at his family farm, which is near White's Station, in Madison County, Kentucky. The earlier farm was based primarily on tobacco production and a small dairy operation. This discussion of farming includes a somewhat detailed account of stripping tobacco and the various grades of tobacco leaf. He describes the transition in farming practices between hand-tying and baling tobacco and discusses the practice of using mules for farm traction on his parents' farm when he was a child. He gives an account of the process by which his siblings retained the farm and describes its impact on family cohesion. He also talks about the African American experience in rural Madison County, including relationships between races, the nature of African American churches, mutual support among neighbors, and the nature and impact of out-migration.
- Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
- University of Kentucky
- Agriculture., Agriculture--Kentucky., Family farms., African American farmers., Madison County (Ky.)., Tobacco farms--Kentucky., African Americans.
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