Theresa Blanding Sumpter, November 30, 1925 – July 16, 2011

My book, YOU CAME HERE TO DIE, DIDN’T YOU, relies on the memories and actions of many people in Pineville, South Carolina. Theresa Blanding Sumpter was one of those people. When I was hungry in 1965 she provided dinner for me and three other civil rights workers even though a white man had warned her husband that there would be trouble if she went ahead and fed us. Well, she did anyway, and at 80 still remembered what we had: fried chicken, field peas, macaroni and cheese, and a real pound cake! She passed away July 16, 2011. I will miss her.

2 responses to “Theresa Blanding Sumpter, November 30, 1925 – July 16, 2011

  1. I'm very sorry to hear the sad news. She must have been an important person for you.You mentioned the memories of her cooking.Good memories are often with someone's dishes.Thannk you for your blog.

  2. Thank you Mari. Food does bring people together and give them a sense of community. Mrs. Sumpter also told us how to bake a cake in a chimney or a wood stove. I had often wondered how that worked. It seemed simple when she explained it – not so simple to do, though, I am sure.How are all of you. We're hearing very little about Japan in the news.Thank you for your comment and your solicitations,Sherie

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