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Healing hands in Black religion

Gaiters, Seth Emmanuel

Rev. Fannie Elizabeth Burgin Harris. She was a healer. She was a pastor, and while not ordained by any denomination, she certainly was no less in tune with the infinite as she cared for her family and led a rural congregation she founded. Rev. Harris was born around 1885 in Asheville, North Carolina, to formerly enslaved parents. Harris moved to create a life in the small Appalachian town of Zanesville, Ohio. Something of an herb doctor and a Pentecostal prayer warrior, part mystic and part preacher (though of few words), she was a woman of gravitas held in high regard. She is my great-grandmother.