Willora Craft Ephram, affectionately known as “Peaches,” owned and operated Peaches restaurant on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. On Sunday, she passed away at the age of 94.
For more than 50 years, Ms. Peaches, as she’s known to just about everyone, cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Jackson’s black community. Everyone from Muhammad Ali to Medgar Evers enjoyed her fried chicken, greens, and candied yams. During the Civil Rights Movement, Peaches Restaurant served as a safe haven for activists.
SFA was privileged to share her story in an oral history project highlighting Jackson’s iconic restaurants. Listen to her speak in this interview from 2013. Read the Clarion Ledger‘s article about her life here.