The curing barn is equipped with a number of holes through which long, split logs are inserted and slow-burned. The barn then fills with smoke in order to rapidly dry and cure the tobacco.
Once the harvest is all done and tobacco hung in the barn, the family and workers take a moment for a break. There was of course lots of racism in the South during this time, but among sharecroppers, a neighbor was a neighbor and people often worked hand in hand.
The boy of the family takes his turn monitoring the smoke logs. This is an important job, because you don't want the logs to catch more than a steady burn.
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