A group of children at a District School in cotton picking season. Petty’s Chapel District School #20, near Corsicana. Only 40 per cent of the children who attend are here because the cotton is still being picked, in most districts the school term is being shortened to accommodate the picking. The children are above the average of country school children and this is an exceptional school, only two of the ten families represented here being “Renters” (see Hine Report on Texas). These children are getting 8 months school. Most of the rural schools in Texas give them 6 months or less. All these children, from the 5 year old up pick cotton. Location: Corsicana [vicinity], Texas.
Rader Copeland (Lake Park). He was plowing during school hours and will lose 10 weeks of schooling. His father said that he needed the boy’s help. He plows, plants, chops cotton, picks cotton. The father said: “He ain’t very fast.” Said he was 10 years old. The sister said he was 12 years old. Location: Valdosta, Georgia.
Family of L.H. Kirkpatrick, Route 1, Lawton, Okla. Children go to Mineral Wells School #39. Father, mother and five children (5, 6, 10, 11 and 12 years old) pick cotton. “We pick a bale in four days.” Dovey, 5 years old, picks 15 pounds a day (average) Mother said: “She jess works fer pleasure.” Ertle, 6 years, picks 20 pounds a day (average) Vonnnie, 10 years, picks 50 pounds a day (average) Edward, 11 years, picks 75 pounds a day (average) Otis, 12 years, picks 75 pounds a day (average) Expect to be out of school for two weeks more picking. Father is a renter. Works part of farm on shares (gives 1/4 of cotton for rent) and part of farm he pays cash rent. Location: Comanche County, Oklahoma
Young cotton picker, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Schools for colored children do not open until January 1st so as not to interfere with cotton picking
Pecan School #60; Miss Aurell, Teacher. Opened September 4th–8 months term. 22 present to-day; should be 50. Cotton picking chief cause of absence. Enrollment 30, average attendance 25; last year: enrollment 60, average attendance 37. 18 not enrolled are still out for picking. Location: Comanche County, Oklahoma