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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

The customized Lazy-Susan Table, a museum piece, was my Shaw family’s dining table

Posted Oct 24, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

My Shaw family ate their meals at a customized Lazy-Susan table, that Granddaddy had made, especially, for his family, and a nearby table.

It seated eight to ten people on first-come basis, except Granddaddy’s and Grand Mama’s seats, side-by-side, and there was a nearby table that accommodated the other family members. The round Lazy-Susan table had three rungs. We sat on the bottom rung, our plates set on the second rung, and an abundance of chicken, hog, and beef entrees, fresh vegetables, and desserts were placed on the top tier. When I was growing up, that was the only Lazy-Susan table I ever saw, and I was happy, the few times, I was at Granddaddy’s house because I liked, first of all, his warm hugs, and I sat with my family at the Lazy-Susan table.

Mealtime should be a wonderful setting with plenty and tasteful food. Yes, members of a black household ought to be good cooks.

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