In May 1941, Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographer Jack Delano captured the May Day Pageant in Siloam, a small town in Greene County, Georgia. Today, I feature two photographs of the day’s events. First, above, is a procession of girls dancing in fancy costumes, looking like a group of flitting butterflies. The second image, below, shows the back of a costumed girl watching a Maypole dance.
- View more than 40 images taken by FSA photographer Jack Delano at the 1941 May Day Pageant in Siloam, Georgia.
- Two years earlier, in May 1939, FSA photographer Marion Post Wolcott captured the May Day-Health Day celebration at Irwinville Farms, Georgia.
- May Day, May 1, is also International Workers’ Day, marked with parades, marches, and demonstrations in many countries. Search on May Day parade in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog to see some events associated with this aspect of May Day.