19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
“I lived here when it was still cotton farms.”

Johnny Lester, 72 years old, lives in a mostly impoverished, predominantly African American housing community in Mayfield, Georgia. The tiny rural population is threatened by the construction of a nearby rock quarry. He used to work this land when it was a cotton farm before it became housing.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Mayfield, Georgia, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Krishna Sharma