But he still remained loyal to the sharecroppers. The St. Louis committee raised enough money for the homeless sharecroppers to buy 93 acres of land in Butler County, Mo., at the town of Harviell, 15 miles southwest of Poplar Bluff. On June 17, 1939, more than six months after the demonstration, 80 black and 15 white families moved to the site. Whitfield and his family were among those who homesteaded the land. The sharecroppers received assistance from the FSA and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker-affiliated organization. The community, which came to be known as Cropperville, lasted for about 10 years.
Oh Freedom After While premieres at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood. Following the screening, director Steven J. Ross, scriptwriter Candace O'Connor and co-producer Lynn Rubright lead a discussion of the film.