Madam Phoebe Sullivan is the most widely known
[African American] woman in this section. Aunt Phoebe is a divine
healing doctor. I was talking to her last Saturday. She
said she was 101 years old; said she would be 102 the 15th
of May 1957.
She is confined to her bed most of the time, but can
use her hands as good as ever, and her mind is perfect. She
talks as good as ever. Most of her talk is on the Bible.
She said she had been praying for the Lord to show
her what race we are. Said she had a dream that she had to
go back to the beginning of the generation to find who
the Ethiopian belonged to. Aunt Phoebe is liked by everybody
in Saluda [omitted]. She has people
come to her from all over the country. She has a daughter
in New York who is a doctor. Aunt Phoebe said this daughter
would come to Saluda and take over when she passed
on. Aunt Phoebe has a lot of property in Saluda; said she
had given all her children a home. Every Christmas she
gives all the [African American] families in Saluda a box of fruit and
She built a church close to her home: "The Sullivan
Temple Baptist Church." and on Mother's Day, second
Sunday in May she always gives a big dinner (a table for the [African American]
people and a table for [caucasians]). She said
[the people] around Saluda had been good to her; said
she was born in Laurens County, South Carolina; has been
in Saluda over 30 years. I asked her if she had a doctor's
license. She said they told her she did not have to have
doctor's licenses. All she needed was licenses to preach;
she never went to school but two terms. She said if the
Lord was not with you - you did not have any education.
Aunt Phoebe said the Lord was all the teacher she needed.
Her children are in Philadelphia, Washington and some
are here in Saluda.
You should read her book, the "Book of Dreams."