Tobacco Bag Stringing

GRAVES, MRS. CORA, (colored), aged 36, husband 38; have 6 children and her mother-in-law with them at Reidsville, N.C.

INCOME: Their income is from farming and stringing bags.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has five rooms and there are 104 acres of land. The house is about to fall to pieces but is clean. They own 2 mules, 2 cows, 3 hogs, and a few chickens. They rent the place for half of what they raise, and spend all the money they make stringing bags on food and clothes. She has been stringing bags 25 years and makes about $7.00 a month. She has high blood pressure and can do very little work but it doesn't bother her to string bags. They need this money badly.

[Source: "Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia." Richmond, Va.: 1939. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]