Sunning Wheat

Wheat is laid out in the sun by convicts, who were leased by the state to James Monroe Smith, a farmer in Lexington, around 1900. Sunning the wheat prevented an infestation of boll weevils while the crop was prepared for milling.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Office of the Secretary of State

Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries