The owner of Peaches restaurant, which once served Barack Obama while he was running for president, has died at age 94.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – When a lanky presidential candidate named Barack Obama made a quick campaign stop at her soul food restaurant in 2007, Willora Craft Ephram packed him an order of cobbler to go.

Ephram owned Peaches, a soul food restaurant in downtown Jackson that took its name from her nickname. The Clarion-Ledger reports that she was 94 when she died Feb. 4 of pancreatic cancer.

Peaches Restaurant opened in 1961 and was a safe haven for activists during the civil rights movement, according to Southern Foodways Alliance. Medgar Evers was a frequent customer.

Integration took away the core AfricanAmerican businesses from downtown during the 1970s, but Peaches remained.

In 2013, open-heart surgery prompted Ephram to step down from the restaurant. Son Roderick Ephram continued to run Peaches until it closed that year.