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Figure 48: Soap made by Ms. Catherine

Ms. Catherine told how she made soap when she lived in this house: "Old scrap grease what you fry chicken and fish in, you save it until you get a gallon or two gallons.  Then you get four boxes of lye and just about three gallons of water and put it in the wash pot.  Then you just stir it and stir it and it will jell."  The soap pictured here was made by Ms. Waiters in 1994.   (Photo 1994)


Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998. Revised, 2007.

Amelia Wallace Vernon, African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, 1993. Reprint. Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1995), p.60.