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Memphis Hoodoo

memphis has a secret history 

Mojo City. Most of us know Memphis as the home of the blues, the place where rock-and-roll was born and the barbecue capital of the world, but Memphis has a secret history that once made it famous. The city was once home to a world of rootworkers, conjurers and spiritual healers—a world that was born on the other side of the world in Africa and was reborn on the banks of the Mississippi, on plantations in the Delta and on the streets of downtown Memphis. A SECRET HISTORY OF MEMPHIS HOODOO: ROOTWORKERS, CONJURERS AND SPIRITUALS takes readers on a journey from the earliest evidence of rootworkers in Shelby County to the backrooms of curio shops where spiritual doctors laid tricks and healed the sick.