• STFM Cotton Heritage Mural
  • Weighing full sacks of cotton.
  • Cotton picking was a family affair.
  • Front of Bank and Cleaners Today
  • Mitchell's Cleaners in 1934
  • H. L. Mitchell, president of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.
  • Service Station Facade Today
  • Clay East Service Station in 1934
  • Woman at outdoor STFU meeting.
  • Hard Times Exhibit at STFM
  • Evicted Sharecropper Family
  • Family of cotton pickers moving up a row.
  • Southern Tenant Farmers Museum Visitors
  • An early union meeting.
  • Reverend Blackstone inducts new STFU member.


We are currently open for public tours on a limited basis. We now offer a combination tour with Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Southern Tenant Farmers Museum on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Standard tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are also available by reservation and on the hour Thursday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please call 870-487-2909 or 870-764-2274 for pricing and reservations.

The staff will be taking extra steps to help ensure everyone’s health and safety.  Please make note of the following policies.

  • Tours are limited to 8 guests. We cannot accommodate group tours at this time.

  • Guests are encouraged to call ahead for reservations. While reservations are not required, we do not have an indoor waiting area for drop-in guests.

  • Guests over 10 years of age are required to wear face coverings for the duration of the tour. Staff will also be wearing face coverings.

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum enhances knowledge and understanding of tenant farming and agricultural labor movements in the Mississippi River Delta, in an effort to preserve the history and promote the legacy of sharecropping, tenant farming and the farm labor movement. The museum is located in the historic Mitchell-East Building in Tyronza, Arkansas, with the restoration of this building and development of the museum made possible through grants from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and a “We the People” Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To learn more about the history of tenant farming in Arkansas and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, click here for an Interactive Timeline.


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