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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. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to annemarie@southernfoodways.org.

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Summer Avenue, Memphis

Summer Avenue, a six-mile section of US Highway 70, one of the first paved, signed highways in the US, has been known by a number of names over the years -- the Broadway of America, Bristol Highway, and most recently, Nations Highway. But for the market owners, restaurateurs, and retail owners in this oral history collection, Memphis is simply home.

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Getting Down to the Root

Working in Atlanta, Georgia,  Jackson, Mississippi, and beyond, Dara Cooper has long advocated for racial justice through equitable food systems. For her remarkable work, Dara Cooper received the 2021 John Egerton Prize.

Film by Jasmine Williams.

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