Carol Beane

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My family is from Jamaica, WI... This piece is about my maternal grandmother Jones and her recipes... and what she learned at home with her own mother, Granny Hannah, and what she heard and learned up in the Big House with her paternal grandmother; and how she immigrated to NY in the early years of the 20th c. and made a life in the States. It was impossible to NOT notice how proud she was of being West Indian, and even her colonial past/present, despite all the contradictions and peculiarities it held for her. I watched and came to appreciate what I thought of as her quiet, private ways of rebelliousness and asserting herself—these she would even sometimes confirm to me! Even as early on they had frustrated and exasperated me, with the years, I have come to understand her much more fully...