African American Workers Thresh Rice with a Flail | History of SC Slide Collection

African American Workers Thresh Rice with a Flail

African-American workers thresh rice with a flail around 1910, a technique that is probably African in its origins. Lowcountry planters in colonial South Carolina sought out slaves from the Rice Coast of West Africa, for such laborers often brought with them skills and experience in growing rice.

Courtesy of the Charleston Museum, Charleston, South Carolina.