Title

Dyess Colony

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Source Collection

Dyess Colony, Arkansas, collection, Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis

Identifier

sc.0196.002_002.011

Description

Dyess Colony, Arkansas, undated. A worker is using machinery to cut wood. Photograph taken by Everett Henson.

Dyess is a town in Mississippi County, Arkansas. It was founded as Dyess Colony in 1934 as part of the New Deal efforts of Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's agricultural relief and rehabilitation program and was the largest agrarian community established by the federal government during the Great Depression. The project was established by Mississippi County cotton planter and local politician William Reynolds Dyess (1894-1936), director of the Arkansas Emergency Relief Administration, who sought the establishment of a self-supporting agricultural community.

Date Created

2022

Date

undated

Keywords

Great Depression and the New Deal, Mississippi County (Ark.)—History, Cotton farmers—Arkansas—History, Cotton gins.

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