Cotton Plant is a tiny city in Woodruff County, Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 649. They had 960 residents in the year 2000 and back in 1980, the population of Cotton Plant was 1,323. According to the 2010 census, 74.06% of residents are black.
Cotton Plant is about an hour from Memphis, Tennesse — the home of the BFAA.
If we use the 2000 census numbers and assume the percentage of black residents is about the same, Cotton Plant has a black population of a little over 700.
So, how many of the residents–men, women and children–filed Pigford II claims and swore under penalty of perjury that they attempted to farm but were discriminated against by the USDA?
Based on the list of Pigford II claimants — 296. Around 41% of the town’s black population.
That’s $14,800,000 in claims for the residents of Cotton Plant.
According to the USDA Census from 1982, there were 16 black farmers in all of Woodruff County. That’s not just Cotton Plant, but the whole county.
We have no idea how many of these claims were paid. We do know that 18,000 checks went out a few weeks ago for a total of 1.2 billion dollars.
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