"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August
Families & Individuals
Arts & Crafts
Businesses & Occupations
Continued, page three
"Many women served as midwives for both the white and African-American
communities. Women such as Rose Taylor, Hittie Mae Toles, Gertie Mae Carter,
Judy Taylor, Roxie Bramblett, Mattie McEwen, Lou Thompson, and others helped
new children into the world. Each woman had her own tools including a sharp
pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord, Lysol for disinfectant, and a
sterilized belly band. Often such women also knew of herbs and home remedies
that they passed on to their parents.
Lou Thompson handed down her skills to her grand-daughter Rosie Lou Mitchell
who received additional training and now works as a midwife at a Jackson
Businesses & Occupations, page one