Description Still standing as testimony to the stories this building holds within its walls, this building once housed many migrant workers along the 'Black Dirt Farms' in Pine Island, New York.Perhaps not many know the wretched truths of houses like this, where entire multiple families were once forced to live in order to survive on the pittance of wages for their slave-like labor. Men, women, and children crowded within, seeking a few hours rest on blankets on the floors, and nourishment through the slender diets of foraged and meagerly purchased foods.The hours were long, the sun brutal, and the very wealthy owners were strict and overbearing.I remember this house from my childhood, I remember speaking with the workers and their children, I remember well the despair in their voices, feeling trapped in a temporary situation that would lend their lives some sort of housing and food. It saddens me to pass by and see the memories that pass through my mind, the tears and unhappiness that prevailed at the time. Their lives certainly were a far cry from that of their wealthy employers. Their wages were below minimum. They were personal slaves in times when slavery was supposedly non-existent.And so the story could continue, the sadness can still be heard from the walls that stand today. Amazingly, the house has not changed all that much from years ago...what you see is what they got, broken windows and all!ABOUT the BLACK DIRT FARMS:About 12,000 years ago, when glaciers receded from what is now lower New York State, they left behind pockets of low-lying bog land that built up deep layers of decayed plant matter. It wasn't until the early 1900's that German, Polish and Dutch immigrants to Orange County drained the bogs with a network of ditches, revealing a sulfur-and nitrogen-rich black soil that in some places is 30 feet deep. In summertime satellite photographs of lower New York State, it's visible as a smear of blacks and browns at the bottom edge of the emerald-green Cats
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Pamela is a "Keeper of Days Gone By". Through her photographic artworks she lends style and ambiance of historical landmarks and notable places in and around the Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange county areas of New York, USA.
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