Dyess Colony, Arkansas, collection, Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis
Dyess Colony, Arkansas, undated. A commemoration plaque for W.R. Dyess, whom the colony was named after. 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.
"Dyess Colony" (2022). Images. 18.
Great Depression and the New Deal, Mississippi County (Ark.)—History, Cotton farmers—Arkansas—History, Cotton gins.