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Black Churches As Eateries

Smothered cabbage, mace and cheese, ribs, and corn bred, this and other recipes below
Started a series on Black and Latino relations based on my current book project. Just as Hispanics and African Americans tended to enjoy separate entertainment in the Tarrytowns (with the exception of General Motors workers in certain contexts-see yesterday's post), they also frequented separate eateries. Oral histories revealed there were no black-owned-and-operated restaurants or luncheonettes in the Tarrytowns. (In fact, there are none today.) The only African Americans eateries were the bar and grills in town—Club Six, the Upper Class Men, the Wonderful Bar, and De Carlo’s. For religious African Americans, the black churches in the villages also served as both spiritual filling stations and, to some extent, eateries. Northern urban centers in villages like the Tarrytowns transformed the religious traditions of the rural South, but southern migrants did not abandon their tradition of church membership. By 1945, the Tarrytowns had about 3 African-American churches in the black enclave that developed on the West side of Broadway. Throughout Westchester County Broadway served as the ethnic border that separated Latino and Black residents (and poor whites, many of them Italian immigrants) from the towns upper class white residents. In addition to church membership, southern migrants brought with them a tradition of important yearly church programs and free food. The most likely occasions to include free food were on special occasions such asThanksgiving, Christmas, and Watch Night services (which I will discuss at this end of this month). As a child I attended allot of these free food church events at the Shallow Baptist Church in Tarrytown. Here is recipe for smothered cabbage that goes well with this story.

Vegan Smothered cabbage recipe: http://www.all-creatures.org/mhvs/recipes-

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