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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.

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Bully’s Restaurant


Bully’s Restaurant opened its doors on Livingston Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1982. This soul food kitchen has served its community for over 30 years at the same location: a brick building built by Tyrone Bully and his father, both former mason workers.

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Soul of the Kitchen


See how Juneteenth is celebrated in Natchez, Mississippi, following three generations of Black women who carry on the tradition of sharing recipes orally rather than via written instructions.

This film is by Kat Hernandez, a writer, video storyteller, and graduate journalism student at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism in New York City. She has worked with food as both a pastry chef and food journalist, and was a 2019 SFA summer film intern. Kat aspires to tell stories about the complex history and relationships individuals and communities have with food.

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