Interview with Luther Mason, January 24, 1992

Project: Family Farms of Kentucky: African American Farmers Oral History Project

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Luther Mason was raised on his father?s farm in Scott County. After his marriage, he worked as a sharecropper and then took an industrial job in Lexington, from which he retired. He has since become a farm owner, and at the time of the interview has entered into a sharecropping arrangement as the owner of his tobacco, although he continued to raise his own cattle. He states that both he and his father used sharecropping as a way of obtaining their own farms, and affirms that in their cases, sharecropping leads to ownership. He points out that the sharecropping continues after the farm is purchased, in order to pay for it. Retired at the time of the interview, he continues farming. Since he is a landowner and retired from off-farm employment, he has sharecroppers raise his tobacco. He reflects on the situation of minority farmers and the fewer number of them in the county, following a pattern which he considers to be widespread in the region. Mason describes himself as being the first minority person to be elected to the Board of Education in Scott County. He served there for a number of years. He briefly discusses the role of race in the School Board election, and states that he also served on the State Board of Education. He also talks about the impact of the construction of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, especially on the cost of land and on county services. He also discusses how being a small-time farmer has made it difficult to benefit from government farm programs.

Interview Accession

1992oh049_ff207

Interviewee Name

Luther Mason

Interviewer Name

Zack Lewton

Interview Date

1992-01-24

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Mason, Luther Interview by Zack Lewton. 24 Jan. 1992. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mason, L. (1992, January 24). Interview by Z. Lewton. Family Farms of Kentucky: African American Farmers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mason, Luther, interview by Zack Lewton. January 24, 1992, Family Farms of Kentucky: African American Farmers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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