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John Montfort Jones

John Montfort Jones’s photography of the Mississippi Delta has been featured in Delta magazine and in the book The Delta: Landscapes, Legends, and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region, which won a gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. 


An early, opened cotton boll, about a month before harvesting. Yazoo City, MS, September 2013.

White Gold

Spring 2014 | Reporting

The all-​time peak for cotton farming in Mississippi was 1930, when more than 4 million acres were grown. In 2009, barely 300,000 acres were planted statewide. Mississippi has transformed from the Land of Cotton to the Land of Soybeans and Corn.