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Scholarship | 2008
Transcription FELICIA FURMAN

September 18, 2007

Jim Kibler
English Department
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602


I recently finished reading The Simms Review, Vol. XV, No. 1 and was surprised when I got to
the last page and read the announcement entitled "New Member with Old Ties to `Woodlands.'

The new member, John E. Wheeler, had written that he had visited Woodlands a number of
times and that he had enjoyed the cooking of "two old Southern black ladies, Mudd and her sister
Female (pronounced To-molly')." He writes that the parents could not think of a name for the
child when she was born, so the doctor wrote on the birth record "Female.""So, she was
`Fomolly' from that day on."

Having undertaken extensive research related to the descendants of the enslaved people of
Woodlands Plantation as part of the Shared History documentary project, I've been in close
contact for many years with the family of "Mudd," who was Llewellyn Rumph Manigault (1901
--1986.) I sent a copy of The Simms Review with the announcement to Dorothy Manigault, one
of the children of Mrs. Manigault who lives on property that was formerly apart of Woodlands,
which her family bought in 1917. She has spoken with her siblings and others in the community
and no one has ever heard of anyone in the family or anyone in the community who was called
"Fo-molly." Nor can they imagine their grandparents being dumbfounded in an effort to think
of a name for a child.

For further information about the descendants of the enslaved people of Woodlands Plantation,
visit www.sharedhistory.org


Felicia Furman

ExecIutive Producer