Dye, Aunt Caroline - Witchcraft Hall of Fame

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Dye, Aunt Caroline
Witchcraft Hall of Fame

Aunt Caroline Dye was a renowned African-American Hoodoo doctor from Newport, Arkansas. Her birth date is unknown: suggested dates are as early as 1810 and as late as 1855. She apparently died sometime between 1918 and 1944, depending upon one’s source. Part of the problem regarding her identity is the age-old tradition for practitioners to borrow (or pay tribute, depending how you look at it) other more successful practitioners’ names. Thus more than one person may have used the name Caroline Dye.

Caroline Dye was a healer, spiritualist, and root-worker who served a black and white clientele. References to her and descriptions of her work are found in Harry Middleton Hyatt’s fivevolume collection, Hoodoo-Conjuration-Witchcraft-Rootwork, compiled mainly between 1935 and 1939. She served as inspiration for various blues songs, most famously the 1929 recording by Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band Aunt