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9/27/2018 at 2:40:27 PM GMT
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The People of Freetown: Edna Lewis

By Mayukh Sen —

“Edna Lewis knew what it was like to be poor. She was born in 1916 in Freetown, Virginia, a town formed by a group of newly emancipated former slaves, one of whom was Lewis’s grandfather. Flush with farmland, Freetown was a small community, and tight-knit as a result.

When Lewis lived there as a child, everyone, even the kids, worked hard. But they learned to find pleasure in their labor, because its fruits gave them sweet relief: wild strawberries, walnuts, persimmons.

‘Whenever there were major tasks on the farm, work that had to be accomplished quickly (and timing is so important in farming), then everyone pitched in, not just family but neighbors as well,’ she wrote in her second cookbook, 1976’s The Taste of Country Cooking, arguably the most famous of the four cookbooks she published throughout her lifetime. ‘And afterward we would all take part in the celebrations, sharing the rewards that follow hard labor.


To continue reading, visit the full article on Popula’s website.

Sen, Mayukh. “The People of Freetown.” Popula (July 19, 2018). <>

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