John Vachon/Library of Congress. (May 1938)
Category Archives: Irwinville Places
Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress. (August 1935)
The old courthouse was decommissioned in 1910 when a new courthouse was opened in Ocilla. (Even though Ocilla was designated the county seat in 1907, Irwinville remained the defacto center of county government until the construction of the new courthouse). It served as apartments for those being resettled during the Irwinville Farms Project. It burned soon thereafter.
While browsing through the American Memory collections of the Library of Congress, I’m most focused on Georgia, of course. I’ve known of the Irwinville photographs since the late 1980s, but I’m surprised it’s taken me 25 years under their influence to discover that they may be the singular most important document of life in Georgia during the Great Depression among their numerous contemporaries. There are well over 200 unique images, illustrating everything from agricultural improvement to electricity to health care for expectant mothers. Ultimately, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers were underpaid artists, grateful to have jobs, who were the last to walk among the country crossroads that once gave life and light to America. This site, which I hope to be an interactive archive, exists to honor their world. Please comment freely, especially when you have links to this community.