Unloading Rice Barges, South Carolina, 1870s

Description

Men and women at work carrying bundles of rice. We wandered over perhaps 700 acres . . . . The men and women at work in the different sections were under the control of field-masters. . . . The women were dressed in gay colors, with handkerchiefs . . . around their temples. Their feet were bare . . . . Most of them, while staggering out through the marshes with forty or fifty pounds of rice stalks on their heads . . . indulged in a running fire of invective against the field-master. . . .The 'trunk-minders', the watchmen . . . promenaded briskly; the flat-boats, on which field hands deposited their huge bundles of rice stalks, were poled up to the mill, where the grain was threshed and separated from the straw, winnowed, and carried in baskets to the schooners which transported it to Charleston... (King, p. 435). The Scribner's article notes that the rice mill was located near the wharf between Morris island and Sullivan island so that the rice-schooners had easy access to the mill.

Source

Scribner's Monthly (June 1874), vol. 8, p. 144. Also published in Edward King, The Great South . . . profusely illustrated from original sketches by J. Wells Champney (Hartford, Conn., 1875), p. 435; and Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, Mississippi-Fahrten [Travels on the lower Mississippi, 1879-1880] (Leipzig, 1881). (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

NW0258

Spatial Coverage

North America--South Carolina

Citation

"Unloading Rice Barges, South Carolina, 1870s", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed April 2, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1164
Men and women at work carrying bundles of rice. We wandered over perhaps 700 acres . . . . The men and women at work in the different sections were under the control of field-masters. . . . The women were dressed in gay colors, with handkerchiefs . . . around their temples.  Their feet were bare . . . . Most of them, while staggering out through the marshes with forty or fifty pounds of rice stalks on their heads . . . indulged in a running fire of invective against the field-master. . . .The 'trunk-minders', the watchmen . . . promenaded briskly; the flat-boats, on which field hands deposited their huge bundles of rice stalks, were poled up to the mill, where the grain was threshed and separated from the straw, winnowed, and carried in baskets to the schooners which transported it to Charleston... (King, p. 435). The Scribner's article notes that the rice mill was located near the wharf between Morris island and Sullivan island so that the rice-schooners had easy access to the mill.
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