“At the end of the day, the owner might say, ‘boys, go get you some of that watermelon’ and gesture to a side patch. That watermelon was sure good after a day of working in the cotton field. It wasn’t that the owner was nurturing you, just giving you enough to stay working out there, wet your thirst. We devoured those melons. Probably why so many cotton workers were mocked for the love of watermelon.” R. L. Hedgecoke


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