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Published October 26, 2010, 10:36 AM

NC black farmers group pushes payoff from Congress

TILLERY, N.C. — An organization of black farmers is holding a rally to draw attention to efforts to get Congress to write checks to settle what it calls a legacy of U.S. Department of Agriculture discrimination.

TILLERY, N.C. — An organization of black farmers is holding a rally to draw attention to efforts to get Congress to write checks to settle what it calls a legacy of U.S. Department of Agriculture discrimination.

Saturday’s rally is in Tillery, home of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association. The group is pushing Congress to pay $1.2 billion due to black farmers for the USDA’s past practice of favoring white farmers for loans and other help.

The Halifax County event also draws attention to Tillery’s history as a New Deal-era experiment where sharecroppers were resettled onto farms they could someday own.

The Tillery Resettlement Farm was one of more than 100 such rural settlements created in the 1930s and 1940s and one of only about a dozen in the country for black families.

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