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Memphis Hoodoo

now available at all major book outlets

a secret history of memphis hoodoo: rootworkers, conjurers and spirituals

Widely known for its musical influence, Beale Street was also once a
hub for hoodoo culture. Many blues icons, such as Big Memphis Ma
Rainey and Sonny Boy Williamson dabbled in the mysterious tradition.. It’s
popularity in some African American communities throughout the past two
centuries fueled racial tension—practitioners faced social stigma and blame
for anything from natural disasters to violent crimes. However, necessity
sometimes outweighed prejudice, and even those with the highest social status turned to Hoodoo for prosperity, love or retribution. Author Tony Kail
traces this colorful Memphis heritage, from the arrival of Africans in Shelby
County to the growth of conjure culture in juke joints and Spirit churches.