“If somebody needed help — Granny was going.”
Mary Othella Burnette & Debora Hamilton Palmer
Mary Stepp Burnette Hayden was born into enslavement in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She was 7 years old when she was freed. She stayed in Black Mountain and became a midwife, delivering several hundred babies including her own grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Mary Othella Burnette, came to StoryCorps with her daughter, Debora Hamilton Palmer, to honor the family matriarch.
Listen to Mary & Debora’s original StoryCorps interview.
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