A Russell Lee image of farm workers headed back to the Rio Grande Valley.

A group of migrant farmworkers returns from picking cotton in Mississippi. They were on their way back to the Rio Grande Valley and were in Anderson County near Neches when Russell Lee took this photo in 1939. It appears they put the women and children in the front of the truck and the men in the back. The signs featured in the background would be worth a small fortune today. Can you imagine riding in such a vehicle all the way from Mississippi to South Texas in 1939?

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