The Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Haley

The realities of racism and public policy in early-to-mid twentieth century Haywood County kept African Americans oppressed but Sarah Elizabeth Haley did not let that keep her down. Although Elizabeth was not involved in black activism movements, she was widely known throughout Waynesville for her amazing meals and her giving nature. Her chocolate upside down cake is still talked about to this day. Family oriented, Elizabeth created a legacy of strong African American women in Haywood County. She is remembered as an outstanding mother, grandmother, and friends, as well as one of the best cooks to ever grace Haywood County. Haley was able to find another social custom to foster unity between the races, southern cooking. 


Cat Dean, Erin Fulp, Cierra Johnson, Colby Lipscomb