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In an abundance of caution to protect our staff, volunteers, and visitors, the Blanchard House Museum is closed to the public from Saturday, March 14 until further notice. We will provide updates on our museum operations online and through social media. We will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate our policies and procedures as necessary. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Pearl’s Wisdom: Blog on Facebook
Along with African foodways and spirituality, traditional healing practices were one of the most significant African cultural retentions. African healing practices survived the middle passage to be transplanted and adapted in the new environment. The enslaved played an active role in their own healthcare and plantation medicine forced the survival of African folk medicine. Granny doctors and midwives, highly respected by the enslaved community were the major source of healthcare on the plantation.
In this blog, Cousin Pearl, the fictional doctoring woman and midwife, a character in “The Womb Rebellion”, by pwlong, shares her experiences as the granny/midwife in the sick house that she oversees on the Bellamy Plantation in South Carolina during the 1850’s.
Through Pearl’s journal, readers will be introduced to the practice of “sacred medicine” that Pearl uses to heal the sick on the plantation. They will get a glimpse of the types of illnesses that the enslaved suffered and how “powerful doctoring women” like Pearl healed both the bodies and the minds of the enslaved. In addition, Uncle Dan, an elder conjure man on the Bellamy Plantation will add his voice to Cousin Pearl’s.
Watch for the blog,” Pearl’s Wisdom”, published on Monday’s twice per monthly on Facebook.
Read the blog here: Pearl's Wisdom
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