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Published on Nov 23, 2015
Wilson is home to one of the most unique and historically significant stories in the Mississippi River Delta region. The Lee Wilson Company boasted that it represented the “world’s largest cotton plantation,” a claim rendered plausible by its 57,000 acres and more than 11,000 employees, sharecroppers, and tenant farmers in its heyday. Robert Edward Lee Wilson continued his father’s legacy beginning in the 1800s, clearing the land for large-scale cultivation. Professor Jeannie Whayne, author of Delta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South, provides an overview of the town of Wilson and those who helped build it. Visit wilsonarkansas.com for more stories about Wilson. Learn more on WilsonArkansas.com