January 16, 2017

About Jefferson Currie

Jefferson Currie II is a folklorist currently working with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, NC. Virtually all of his family is from southeastern North Carolina. His mama is Lumbee and her family (and these tea traditions) hail from Robeson and Scotland counties.

Mama’s Tea

by Jefferson Currie My mama, Jerri, doesn’t really like ice tea much (I know that most spell it iced tea, but with that d and t next to each other, that’s not really what it sounds like), and I realize that to some southerners that is a kind of sacrilege, so it always struck me as a loving gesture that she would make a new batch for her family every time the pitcher in the refrigerator ran low. I like ice tea, but I … [Read more...]