"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.



Families & Individuals



Arts & Crafts



Businesses & Occupations
Continued, page three

III. Midwifery
"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 hospital."

Businesses & Occupations, page one


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