Telling the History of The Deuces through Collard Greens

(emotional music) – So my favorite memory
is really with my mom, going to the garden, cutting the stock, and helping her clean the greens. – [Elihu] My mother loved to cook and one of the items she loved
to cook is collard greens. – Growing up, we sat on the porch shelling peas and picking greens. – When they come here, they say, “Miss Lorene, this reminds me “of what my mother used to cook.” – The reason we called her Chief is that she didn’t like
anyone in the kitchen with her when she’s cooking, so my job was to go buy
it and bring it home. – [Terri] It’s important to the Woodson to host the Tampa Bay
Collard Green Festival because of what it represents. – I mean, it’s bringing an entire city, an entire community together one accord. – The collard green itself represents African-American
history in so many ways. – When the first slaves
arrived in Virginia, the collard greens was a
part of their staple food. – I think it was more than
anything a staple dish because it was easy to grow. – It’s just that item that
brings the entire meal together. (uplifting music) – Chief’s Creole Cafe cooks the best collard
greens in town, period. – Well, I mean, obviously we do. You gotta get ’em over here at Callaloo. – I am the collard
green queen, hands down. – [Samantha] On behalf of the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival,
we make great greens.

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