Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Rural Life / Agricultural Economy
Although farm life could be hard, rural Alabamians found strength in communities built around kinship and churches. Neighbors helped each other in times of need, and they arrived to celebrate during times of joy.
In small towns throughout the state, farm families found access to news, supplies, and entertainment. Town folk included merchants, doctors, bankers, and craftsmen who provided services to area farmers and created their own tight-knit communities.
After the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, eighty-six thousand Alabamians, mostly farm boys, left to fight in a distant war.
The boll weevil arrived in Alabama in 1910 and soon brought ruin to thousands of farmers by eating the buds of cotton plants. Crop losses in the 1910s reached 60 to 75 percent. Farmers adapted by diversifying their crops, and the peanut became king of southeast Alabama.
Agricultural extension programs at Tuskegee Institute and Auburn served the state's farm families through training programs. George Washington Carver pioneered traveling extension work at Tuskegee with his Movable School. The Alabama initiatives influenced the creation of federally funded national programs for agricultural support in 1914.
In October 1915, banker H. M. Sessions and farmer C. W. Baston inspected Coffee County's first peanut crop, which heralded a profound change in the economy of the Wiregrass.
Erected 2019 by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1917.
Location. 32° 22.644′ N, 86° 18.115′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Depression / New Deal (a few steps from this marker); Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School (a few steps from this marker); Populism / 1901 Constitution (a few steps from this marker); World War II / Defense Economy (within shouting distance of this marker); Segregation / Civil Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); Made in Alabama / Space Race (within shouting distance of this marker); Dexter Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrialization / Iron Boom (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 27, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.