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McDonald, Leslie and Gilbert Stuart

Exterior view of Tatum Cotton Gin
Exterior view of Tatum Cotton Gin


Tatum, SC (Marlboro County) residents who work at the Tatum Cotton Gin. Leslie is the wife of Allen McDonald, who runs the gin; Stuart (known as “Mr. Gibb”) is a retired local farmer who works part-time at the gin. The gin has been in the McDonald family since the 1940s. While they farm tobacco, soybeans, and some grains, cotton is their main crop. Interview conducted by Polly Adema.