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May 24, 2007

Albany - - An often overlooked part of South Georgia history is being showcased by the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

Thursday, the museum unveiled a new exhibit called Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America.

It highlights the contributions of Black Farmers in South Georgia and around the country. One reason the museum wanted to offer this exhibit is because of the dwindling number of Black farmers.  

"Were actually trying to get awareness about the issues that farmers are currently going through, land loss. A lot of the joys and a lot of the sorrows, but particularly with this drought coming on," says Director Joy Bailey.

Today, African Americans make up less than one percent of the nation's farmers. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a group that works to retain black farmers, partnered with the museum for this exhibit.

It will be on display through July 20th.

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