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African American Midwives and Black Farmers

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Many hospitals were segregated. White nurses were not permitted to admit black patients. Many African-American midwives were trained by their mothers or another close female. Midwives in rural areas would also specialize in herbal healing. They would use herbs and roots to heal many people who were ill. Please join my co-host Robin Foster and I as we welcome our very special guests, Divine LZ. Earth, a traditional root worker. Divine's great-great grandmother was a Mississippi midwife, and she is carrying on her tradition. Also joining us is Eugene Edwards, the grandson of midwife, Mandy Jones Wheat, who is one of the oldest if not the oldest black farmers in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Eugene, 87 years old, is is still farming! 

Photo Credits: Walter C. Black, Sr.

See the recent post at Research, Record, Restore:

"Black farmers continue the legacy of economic independence"

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