Root doctors were found all over North Carolina. They were the healers of rural Black South, using remedies to help (or hinder) those around them and practicing traditions most probably from West Africa. John Beck puts it best: ‘In an often hostile and capricious world, the mojos, spells, and herbal preparations of the root doctor have provided believers with treatment of their ills, protection, a way of hurting enemies and attracting lovers, and, importantly, a sense that they need not be passive victims of circumstance or fate.’