Mamie Garvin Fields was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1888. Though black, her family was gifted and she grew up not among house servants or sharecroppers but among artisans and professionals. In LEMON SWAMP, she looks back on this all-but-forgotten community of friends and family, and on the wider social landscape of the segregationist South of her youth.
Mamie Garvin Fields is a Charleston, South Carolina native, where her great-uncle J.B. Middleton built his home more than 100 years ago. Well known in South Carolina for her lifelong service as a religion and civic activist, she was named the state’s Senior Citizen of the Year in 1971.