Owner of Mississippi soul food restaurant dies at 94

January 31, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When a lanky presidential candidate named Barack Obama made a quick campaign stop at her soul food restaurant in 2007, Willora Craft Ephram packed him an order of cobbler to go.

Ephram owned Peaches, a soul food restaurant in downtown Jackson that took its name from her nickname. The Clarion-Ledger reports that she was 94 when she died Sunday of pancreatic cancer.

Peaches Restaurant opened in 1961 and was a safe haven for activists during the civil rights movement, according to Southern Foodways Alliance. Medgar Evers was a frequent customer.

Integration took away the core African-American businesses from downtown during the 1970s, but Peaches remained.

In 2013, open-heart surgery prompted Ephram to step down from the restaurant. Son Roderick Ephram continued to run Peaches until it closed that year.

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