The second This Plate Matters dinner was held in the Cigar Factory -- a site I've driven by and wondered about for years. It was originally built in 1882 as a cotton mill but taken over by the American Tobacco Company in 1912. Some of the African-American women who worked at the Tobacco Company are credited with helping organize a strike to address low wages and racial discrimination -- as well as being among the first to sing "We Shall Overcome" during the Civil Rights Movement. It's pretty wild (and deeply moving) to feel so close to such heavy history. The Preservation Society is doing an amazing thing with these dinners, allowing us to experience these historic sites in all their desolate glory.
Carrie Morey prepared a comforting Southern meal and John Pope killed it with the decor. Total magic.