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Molasses-Making Mother

Molasses-Making Mother

A short history of Mrs. Hattie B. Liles Gatewood, my mom: She was a native of Anson County, born August 12, 1904, and passed away April 23, 1972.

In 1951, Hattie and her husband, Webster, purchased a 110-acre farm where they raised a family of 16 children, of which four daughters and one son remain. The farm produced milk cows, chickens, hogs, tobacco, watermelons, corn, wheat, peaches, beans, peas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, sugar cane and cotton.

Hattie was the first black woman in Anson to make molasses. Her brother, Gene Liles, taught her how to make molasses, and soon folks from the surrounding area brought their cane to be processed by Mrs. Hattie Gatewood. The mill is no longer in use but is still on the property.

Mrs. Gatewood was well known in her community for her sharing and caring for those in need. A God-fearing woman who welcomed all to her table to share a meal and shelter from the storm.

Mary A. Gatewood Camp, Morven, a member of Pee Dee Electric

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