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July 25, 2007

Albany - - A Georgia man featured in a documentary about Black farmers hopes the film will help other farmers succeed.

"Homecoming" is a documentary about Black farm life and the struggles Black farmers faced in the South.

It goes back to the Post-Civil War era when some Blacks turned to farming to gain wealth and economic security.

The James family from Montezuma overcame the odds and successfully owns a farm, even though it was hard.

"Economically it was difficult years and years ago to make it farming. Through the depression and all, there was just no money," says Warren James.

The number of Black farmers has dwindled over the years.

James visited the Albany Civil Rights Museum as part of an ongoing exhibit on Black Farm life.

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