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New Histories: Gadsden Farm Project Oral Histories

These oral history excerpts feature interviews conducted in 2018 with 9 Gadsden County farmers: Jewel Dixie, Max Vanlandingham, Calvin Davis, Gloria Rodriguez, Josephina Perez, Michael Brown, Rebecca Shaw, Ronnie Jackson, and James Brown.

Artists Holly Hannessian and Michael Diaz are the founders of the Gadsden Farm Project.  This project was made possible with help of DJ Wiggins, Gadsden County IFAS Extension Agent, as well as Amanda Hardeman, Adam Watson, and Eric Griffis from the Florida Folklife Program and State Archives.

The Gadsden Farm Project was generously supported by the Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity through the Arts and Humanities Program Enhancement Grant.

Holly Hannessian and Florida Folklife

Florida Folklife Program

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