Frying Fish to Raise Bail Money
Here's a New Orleans story from the WPA's America Eat's project which I found in the University of North Carolina special collections archives. I have produced the content in a paraphrased format when necessary to make them legible and indirect quotes as often as possible. In New Orleans people called Elizabeth Henry of Garfield Street “Queen of Fish Fries.” During the Depression she fried fish in a cast-iron skillet and sold them to raise bail money for folks from her neighborhood. Historically women also used the cast-iron skillet to defend themselves against intruders and abusive men.