Library holds soul food event

MADISON, Wis. — People on Madison’s south side commemorated the role black farmers have had and continue to have on the city’s African American community with some soul food.

The event took place on Thursday night at Goodman South Library and was hosted by the Community for Black History in Madison Museum.

Organizers highlighted the work of farmer Robert Pierce who they say was the first to bring a farmers market to Madison’s south side.

Event organizer and poet Fabu Carter recalled how the south side farmers market developed into a gathering spot because of Pierce.

“It was really just wonderful to gather around you know at the farmers markets with your neighbors and know that you were buying food that was going to be healthy for you, was going to be tasty and was going to remind you of home,” she said.

The menu included soup and hot water cornbread courtesy of local chef and speaker at the event Ruthie Allen.

Fabu said this event was especially important for a community that’s practically a food desert.

“We really wanted to highlight the fact that the people on South Madison deserve healthy nutritious food,” she added.

This event is the second in a series of events hosted by the Community for Black History in Madison Museum.

The next event “Tribute to Our Elders” will also be at Goodman South Library next Thursday.