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Martha Lou Gadsden
Martha Lou's Kitchen
Martha Lou Gadsden left her mark in the kitchens of several black-owned restaurants in Charleston during segregation, including the Ladson House and Dee Dex Snack Bar. Starting out as a bus girl, she gradually moved on to waitress, then cook. In 1983, at fifty-three years old, she opened Martha Lou’s Kitchen. Today, with the help of her daughters and grandchildren, she can still be found stirring pots, taking orders, serving up hot plates, and chatting with customers from near and far who visit her modest pink restaurant.