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Aunt Sally: 1939

Aunt Sally: 1939

May 1939 in Gee's Bend, Alabama. "Aunt Sally, old midwife, the only doctor or nurse in Gee's Bend before project was started." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.


I'm in awe

I am just in awe of this woman! She must have spent many decades with her time never her own, always making herself available to help a mother birth a baby, or give comfort and help to the sick or injured. I have a feeling she lost very few babies or mothers, and I'll bet she did it all with very little pay except for a meal, a chicken, a bag of dried corn, or something like that. Hers was certainly a life of service!

Here is a link to some more information about Aunt Sally's amazing life:

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