On July 13, 1934, 18 men came together in Tyronza inside the building that housed H.L. Mitchell’s dry cleaners and the service station owned by Clay East. The group was comprised of black and white tenant farmers, which was a significant occurrence in itself during a time of racial inequalities.
That day, 80 years ago this July, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union was formed. The group would break racial barriers throughout its existence, most notably the inclusion of women and African-Americans in the organization and administration of the union. The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum is now housed inside the structure where the historic meeting took place.