Ash Hopper: This ash hopper was used to make lye soap. Rainwater
mixed with ashes created lye. Lye was then mixed with animal tallow to make
soap. In 1938, Eison Lyles, a former slave on the Lyles Plantation in Newberry,
told a WPA interviewer of his experience making soap with an ash hopper.
Read selected passages of this interview.
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