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Cotton Bolls, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Cotton Bolls

For years cotton was King in the South. You could probably go as far to say the South was built on cotton in the early days. It was grown just about every where in the South. A Sunday drive out in the country would reveal fields and fields of cotton as far as the eye could see.

As a result, there was a thriving textile industry in the South. One little town in central Alabama called Sylacauga was one such place. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Sylacauga’s claim to fame nowadays is the Hodges meteorite that fell to Earth in Nov. 1954, crashing through the roof of a home and injuring a women living in the home. Years ago, many…I would venture to say the majority of the US textile jobs were off-shored to third world countries where labor now makes garments for pennies on the hour.

I remember seeing huge cotton fields as a little girl. As a matter of fact my Papaw Hicks grew cotton. I can remember visiting him and being allowed to pick a little cotton. For those of you that have never picked cotton, it’s not what you think it would be. It looks soft and fluffy, and the white fiber is, but, it’s surrounded and held by the boll that can literally shred your fingers…and that was one of the prices of King Cotton.

Tall & Handsome and I were out today near Sylacauga and when I saw this I just had to take a picture…it brought back a lot of memories…

© 2011 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.



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