State and County Fair competitions were an important way for farmers to exchange information about their crops and livestock. Until the 1960s, separate segregated fairs were held, both in individual counties and at the state level. This 4-H Extension display in the 1920s is believed to have been from the Richland County Colored Fair. J.E. Dickson, a well-known and widely respected African-American county agent in Richland County, stands at the right. Chester, Darlington, Greenville, and Orangeburg Counties also held Colored Fairs before the State Colored Fair in the fall. Richard Samuel Roberts photo.
Courtesy of the Estate of Richard Samuel Roberts.