Alethia Jane DICKERSON lived her life within a 30 mile radius in middle Georgia. She was born in an area called ‘Crowders’ in Monroe County. If you’ve ever eaten or heard of the Crowder pea, it was developed by John Crowder of the same county. When ‘peas’ are on the menu of a family reunion of southerners, they aren’t talking about the green, English variety. They’re talking about a field pea, such as ‘Crowder’ or ‘Purple Hull’ that make their own gravy color.
Alethia had almost as many versions of her name as there are field peas. Her various names appear on documents throughout her life, ‘Letha’, ‘Leitha’, ‘Lethy’ and ‘Aletha’. They are all the same person. She was so named by her parents Continue reading