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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Pat Davis Sr.


Abe's Bar-B-Q

Abe’s Bar-B-Q has been in business in the same location since 1937. Pat Davis, Sr. remembers Mexican vendors peddling hot tamales in downtown Clarksdale when he was a kid. At the same time, Pat was helping his father, Lebanese-born Abraham “Abe” Davis, make his own pork-filled tamales by hand in the kitchen of the family’s restaurant. Eventually, Pat talked his father into buying an extruder to make their tamale chores a little easier. Today, their tamales are contract manufactured according to Abe’s original recipe. Recently, the Davis family introduced the “Tamaco,” a green salad with tamales on top. It’s a whole new twist on the generations-old tradition of hot tamales.

Date of interview:
2005-08-19 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

Photographer:
Amy Evans

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