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Food of the Enslaved: Okra Soup

This video is the first of a series that focuses on historic foods of the enslaved African community of North America.

We recently had the privilege to visit Gunston Hall in Mason Neck, VA. While we were there, we met Michael Twitty, an historical interpreter and culinary historian who specializes in food of the African-American community from enslavement in the mid-18th century to post-reconstruction in the mid to late 19th century. We’re so grateful Michael shared this delicious recipe for Okra Soup. Okra is an important food in modern Southern cooking, and it finds its North American origins in the fascinating cuisine of the enslaved African community.

Gunston Hall holds a very special place in American History. It was the home of George Mason, a founding father in American history. Many of the rights and liberties we enjoy today as American citizens can be traced to the insistent influence of George Mason.

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  1. Hi, I just wanted to stop and tell you how grateful we are for all your videos and blog information! We are using this recipe for dinner tonight, and as homeschoolers, our history lesson often includes one or two of your videos and learning more about the subjects you talk about in the video. We’ve LOVED the historical interpretation interviews and all the cooking! It really makes it hands-on. Thank you so much for all the historical accuracy and taking on even the weird sounding recipes. It’s making history so real and fun for us, and is such a great resource!

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