Florida's Bahamians

On the flat, swampy farms along the eastern shore of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, where the rich, black muck sometimes goes as deep as 20 feet, and the long green beans ripen 45 days after planting, the first group of Bahamian Negroes brought to the U.S. in World War II went to work last week.

To bring them over from their tropical islands 200 miles out in the Atlantic, the Farm Security Administration set up an air ferry service. The first two groups of 21, some dressed in dungarees, some in zoot suits, coasted...

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