|Description||Yellowish mass of uncombed cotton. Paper label "56" attached to one side.|
|Made||unidentified slaves from Georgia|
The cotton is a sample of Nankeen cotton grown in Georgia in 1860.
"Nankeen Cotton. Grown in Georgia in 1860. Nankeen cotton was the crop the negroes planted in their own 'patches'. They were not allowed to plant white cotton because of the temptation to add to their own crop from the masters. Nankeen cotton sold for a higher price than white cotton." (object note)
unidentified African Americans