Farewell, Willie Mae

September 23, 2015
By: Devra Fehrst, Tasting Table

Willie Mae Seaton was a beautiful soul who welcomed us all into her home, where she personified hospitality. Her generous spirit would allow her time for a seat and a chat, no matter how busy she was. As if I walked into my very own grandmother's home, Willie Mae would generously force the most delicious greens, corn bread, white beans and rice, smothered green beans and crispy fried chicken thighs in front of me to eat. She saw no race but the human race and treated all who graced her Scotch House with dignity, even those who could not afford the price. People will forever associate Willie Mae with fried chicken, but I'd rather think of her using fried chicken to humbly serve and thus teach us virtues that seem all but forgotten.