This is Three Rocks, a farm worker settlement about 50 miles west of
Fresno, CA. It was “established”  in mid-50s when the nearby large cotton farms
were shifting from human cotton pickers to mechanical cotton pickers. They no
longer needed the acres of one-room shacks they “provided” their human cotton
pickers every fall harvest. The enterprising store owner at Three Rocks convinced
growers to give him their unused shacks if he moved them away. They agreed.
He did. Three Rocks “blossomed.” As if “grew”  I began photographing with the
people there while working part time as a farm worker organizer. One day in 1959
I showed up with another organizer, Maria Moreno. I saw this kid skimming over the bar
of his homemade high jump. Flat on my belly, tears in my eyes, we — the boy,
my camera and I — made this photo of him... Jumping above his poverty
.
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