Southern Women’s History: Baptist Women

This striking image is from a Library of Congress collection of legendary folklorist John Lomax’s photographs from his 1930s and 40s tours of the South and the Caribbean in search of folk songs and culture. Lomax’s notes tell us that these women,”Baptist Women,” live on the Alma Plantation on False River, LA.

Let’s Talk About Hext

A collection of hundreds of antebellum letters recently acquired by the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina centers on the lives of the women of the Hext Family, natives of Barnwell County, South Carolina. Five sisters, Julia (b. 1816), Addy (b. 1818), Lizzy (b. 1824), Mag (b. 1827), and Selena or “Leany” … [Read more…]