Interview with basket maker Lucreaty Clark

Date: April 14, 1978

Source: S1576 , Container 2 , C78-47

Type: Sound

Download: MP3

Download: MP3


  • One audio cassette. Side 1: Clarke, born in Jefferson County in 1904, started making white oak baskets when she was 13. She learned to do so from her parents and grandparents and discusses the types of baskets she made and explains how she makes them. She also discusses her grandparents - - who were once slaves - - and talks about the changes Lamont, Florida, has undergone throughout the years. In addition, she talks about planting and harvesting collards, peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, okra, and snap beans, and she discusses cooking collards and snap beans. Side 2: Clarke continues her discussion on foods and wild plants like the palm tree bud [??], polk salad (poisonous), elephant ears, tanion, and pepper grass. Also, she describes home remedies such as mint, ragweed, tallow, turpentine and camphos, castor oil and turpentine, cow water (for whooping cough), "Yellow Gal" (for fever), asaphidity bag. Further, she talks about growing up on a plantation, travels to Syracuse, New York, New Jersey, and Naples, Florida, talks about her relatives, and discusses finishing baskets by soaking them in water for a brown finish.

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