Wilcox County

Soap & Cultural Arts Historian

Wilcox County born and raised, Betty Anderson grew up surrounded by heritage arts that were created out of necessity. From making their own soap and clothing, to furniture and quilts – Betty was ingrained with the heart and soul of an artist, but didn’t know it. In addition, Betty’s father was a successful entrepreneur, who ran the longest open business by an African American in the Black Belt – The Camden Shoe Shoppe.

After over twenty years of a professional career in New York City, and living through being trapped in the subway under the World Trade Center on 9/11, Betty moved home to Wilcox County. Drawing from her childhood memories and learning, Betty began to make traditional lye soap. In addition, she made it her mission to honor her father’s hard work and memory by creating the Camden Shoe Shoppe Museum – which showcases her father’s historic tools, family quilts, Wilcox County Civil Rights educational materials, a large collection of quilts, and more.

In addition to her many creative ventures, Betty does historic lye soap demonstrations and educational programs and gives guided tours of her museum.

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Gees Bend Soap soap, lye soap, natural soap, all purpose soap
Gee's Bend Soap Price: $3.50
Availability: Out of Stock
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Gee's Bend Old Fashioned Lye Soap Ingredients: Saponified 100% Food Grade Oil of Canola, Cocoa Butter, and Rosemary Extract Stops ashy skin by moisturizing with cocoa butter All natural, no synthetic chemicals, no animal by-products, no animal testingBetty Anderson, proprietor of the Camden Shoe Shop Museum, makes her soaps by hand in the same manner as her grandmother, a quilter from Gee's Bend. Betty's soaps are in very limited quanitity until March 2020. Betty appreciates your...

"Women of Gees Bend" Dolls
"Women of Gees Bend" Dolls Price: $7.25
Availability: In Stock
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Betty Anderson- "Women of Gees Bend" Dolls.Each doll is unique. Each purchase is 1 doll, please contact us to specify which doll you are interested in.