African American Women & Gardening!
I published ‘A Garden So Brilliant with Colors, So Original in Its Design’: Rural African American Women, Gardening, Progressive Reform, and the Foundation of an African American Environmental Perspective back in 2003. Environmental History recently virtually republished the article in a collection titled Race, Justice, and Civil Rights.
What I loved the most about writing an environmental history of African American women and gardening was the arduous love I put into the research at places like the North Carolina State Archives and the Rockefeller Archives. More importantly, I walked across a threshold with women with dirt under their nails moving with them from invisible to visible in the historical record.
I was and still am honored by and proud of my connection to these gardeners.
Research Fred Tutman, African American, Riverkeeper (Patuxent river), lawyer, passionate outdoorsman and eloquent speaker for the environment.
I just checked out his website at http://fredtutman.com/. Thank you!