2022 Annual Lecture

Affrilachian Healing: Women of Color Healers of the South

Throughout history, people of color have played important roles in the world of healing arts and healthcare, from the granny midwife, herbalist, and abolitionist to the medicine women who healed. On Tuesday, October 4, join Lucretia Vandyke, one of the foremost experts on southern folk healing arts, as she tells of the history of African American healers from ancient Egypt to the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the importance of their contributions to community health and wellness. With a journey that began when she was a little girl mixing herbs, muds, and roots on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia has had a lifelong connection to plants and has been in the wellness industry for over 25 years. Her quest for knowledge and storytelling has led her all over the world to learn about remedies, traditions, and ceremonies from indigenous healers. She brings her vivacious spirit and her message of ancestral connection in herbal practices to inspire others to embrace their unique relationship with plants. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation and book signing at 7:00 p.m. $15 per person. Free admission for estate members. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling (706) 882-3242 or emailing info@hillsanddales.org.