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The "Real" Garden of Good and Evil

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The "Real" Garden of Good and Evil

Okay, I posted this question on the Beaufort, SC forum a few weeks back, and I've gotten no credible answers. So, I'll post it here to see if someone can come up with it. In the book chapter, The Garden of Good and Evil, Jim Williams and John Berendt drive to Beaufort to visit Minerva. All three exit Minerva's house and walk a fairly short distance to a cemetery that contains the grave of Dr. Buzzard. It is there that Minerva performs her voodoo. I keep getting told that the "garden" is Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah; but, it is not. Does anyone know where/what the real garden is in Beaufort?

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It could be pure fiction. A lot if that book was a product of Berendt's imagination.

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About a month ago, I read a travel expert's comment somewhere on the internet that the real "garden" is in Beaufort.

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Sent you a pm.

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Excerpt from "Coastal South Carolina: Welcome to the Low Country" by Terrance Zepke, page 259:

The whereabouts of Dr. Buzzard's grave remain a mystery. There is an unmarked grave in a Baptist church cemetery on St. Helena Island that some believe belong to Dr. Buzzard. However, some swear he was never buried there and upon his death, his body parts were used by other root doctors for conjuring.

From a blog by Katie Crouch at goodreads.com/author/…

Dr. Buzzard died in early 1947, powerful, feared, respected, and rich. No one knows where his grave is. His family feared that aspiring root doctors would steal parts of his body to make their conjure bags, and they’d raid his grave for goofer dirt. But some say there is no grave, and that when he died, Dr. Buzzard left no body behind because his remains were chopped up and sold all over the state as objects of power before he could be put in the ground. They say that somewhere, someone still has the skull and the jawbone of Dr. Buzzard and that this grisly relic still chews the root for its new owner.

Note: St Helena island is not Beaufort proper - it is beyond Lady's Island, which is across the river from Beaufort.

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5. Re: The "Real" Garden of Good and Evil

Graveyards are private properties. Be sure to ask permission before you enter.

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You may find this book an interesting read.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Roots-African-American-Gullah-People/dp/0878441689/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350317449&sr=8-1&keywords=blue+roots

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So much of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was fiction that Savannahians blew off author John Berendt as a charlatan out to make a few bucks. The voodoo that Jim Williams supposedly relied on is pure speculation on Berendt's part, aka "baloney". Don't waste your time chasing after nonsense.

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