Oral History

Keith Edwards - On the importance of food

Interviewed by Monica Palmeira and Ayat Soufan on April 2, 2012

“Sundays were always a special day. That whole day was made into just like a holiday.

- Keith Edwards

This interview includes Keith Edwards’s viewpoint on the importance of food in the home and in the community.  She recalls specific recipes in the interview. Edwards was born and raised in Carrboro where Domino’s Pizza is now located. She was one of eleven children in her household, and she describes what meal planning looked like for her family with eleven children. Edwards describes her first kitchen. She recalls having to put wood or coal into a cook stove for cooking and warming the kitchen in the winter. She also recalls that Fridays were fish days for the community. The interview provides an account of food systems between black and white residents. White and black residents began buying farm grown food from each other to create an alternative food system. She describes making fried cornbread: water and cornmeal. Other recipes include tomato pudding and buttermilk biscuits. The interview concludes with a discussion of her family’s attachment to the animals they used for dinner.

Keith Edwards - On the importance of food

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Oral history interview of Edwards, Keith conducted by Palmeira, Monica on April 2, 2012 at Unknown. Processed by Agada, Uredoojo.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Keith Edwards - On the importance of food,” From the Rock Wall, accessed June 13, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/keith-edwards-3.

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