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[Walking Home by Lantern Light(2)]

Description: Photograph of Cecil Ray with his arm around a Bonnie Burns as they walk along a gravel path. Burns carries a gas lamp while the Cecil Ray carries a small pail of sorghum molasses while they both laugh and smile. A typed poem is mounted to the right of the photograph on a mat.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Walking home by lantern light]

Description: Photograph of Cecil Ray with his arm around a Bonnie Burns as they walk along a gravel path. Burns carries a gas lamp while the Cecil Ray carries a small pail of sorghum molasses while they both laugh and smile.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Walking home by lantern light(1)]

Description: Photograph of Cecil Ray with his arm around a Bonnie Burns as they walk along a gravel path. Burns carries a gas lamp while the Cecil Ray carries a small pail of sorghum molasses while they both laugh and smile. Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 Walking Home by Lantern Light. This is a typical scene at the end of a stir-off event. It is a scene Joe tried to capture many times. It is a good shot and has been published, but it is not the "kill-shot" the one "picture that tells a story" of that journey home. It is here somewhere in the archive... just hasn't been digitized as of 8/4/14. Update 8-18-2014: Check "Walking His Girl Home by Lantern Light" (UNTA_AR0749-127-026) Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections