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Natural Awakenings Richmond

The Legacy of Black Herbalism

Mar 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Catherine Atienza

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present a discussion on the Legacy of Black Herbalism with Debra Freeman, a food anthropologist, award-winning writer and host of the winning podcast, Setting the Table, at 2 p.m., April 13. When enslaved Africans were brought to America, many of their traditions were taken away when they arrived. One exception was the legacy of herbalism for medicinal, dietary and cultural use.

Plants such as cotton, black walnut, witch hazel and dogwood were used for a variety of purposes in their communities. Freeman says, “We believe that all adults in our community should have access to plant-based, nature-focused learning opportunities.”

Contributions help cover the cost of this educational opportunity: sustainer: $45;  supporter: $30; contributor: $15; attendee: free. Pre-registration is required at