Well Project, Saint Mary’s County

This appears to have been a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency. Photos by John Collier. A Ridge project family and neighbors made a real holiday of the installation of the new well. Saint Mary's County, Mary...

This appears to have been a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency. Photos by John Collier.

 A Ridge project family and neighbors made a real holiday of the 
installation of the new well. Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
  
Children are always watching and waiting. Ridge well project, 
Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
 
Fourth generation from slavery. Grandfather Briscoe's 
great grandchildren. Near Ridge, Maryland. Saint Mary's County, July 1941
 
Front porch. No one dares sit out here anymore. John Briscoe farmhouse 
near Ridge, Maryland. Saint Mary's County, July 1941
 
Little John Fredrick stands on the outside "where the flies ain't so bad." 
John Fredrick's privy, Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
 
The Fredrick womenfolk shell snap beans. 
Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
 
Two supervisors and borrower talk over the home problem. 
Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
  
Washing clothes near the old well. Ridge well project, 
Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
 
Witching for water with a peach limb. Safe well demonstration, 
Ridge, Maryland, Saint Mary's County, July 1941