Pomp Hall, 1940 Hall family photo
Kathy Pinna

Pomp Hall, 1940

Pomp Hall cleaning the stove - and I thought cleaning the stove was hard now! Today, you just wipe it - with a wood stove, it's cleaning out the ashes.

This is in the home of Pomp Hall, a black tenant farmer in Creek County, Oklahoma. She had to clean out the ashes before starting the morning fire.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
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A lot of my black friends, when I grew up, used newspaper to cover the walls. What a good memory. They were so smart. There were holes in our walls that you could throw a rat through.
May 09, 2012 12:02 pm reply
Oh Martha . . . I can't imagine throwing a rat!! ;)
May 09, 2012 12:09 pm reply
I am 67 and I am on this computer way too much. It is wonderful getting to talk to you. Memories are all I have now. Kathy, you are so very welcome.
May 09, 2012 12:23 pm reply
Martha - I'm 62 . . . and I love memories, but I'm still looking forward to SOME excitement in my life moving forward . . . hope you will, too! ;)
May 09, 2012 12:40 pm reply
There's not much left at my age. Just me and my dog now. I wish you the best.
May 09, 2012 12:44 pm reply
I slept on the floor one night when we had company and a rat bit me on the neck. I did throw him off. LOL!! It wasn't funny then. I am the oldest of 10 and we were very poor. Our house had absolutely no paint on it. All 10 of us kids love Black people just like ourselves even though Daddy started life a racist, he grew to love them before he died. This picture has very warm memories for me.
May 09, 2012 12:16 pm reply
OH! I woulda thrown that rat, too!! Yes, I love how photos, even of other people, spark memories of our own past and the times we lived in. Just roaming through random photos is a favorite pasttime of mine - and I love your own memories, too. It's great to hear about other peoples' experiences! Thank you!!
May 09, 2012 12:20 pm reply
Photo taken at Pomp Hall home Creek County, Oklahoma USA on
Pomp Hall, 1940


Born: unknown
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: Hall at 15 years old