Shaw, MS 2000
Elvie Burg of Shaw MS wears silver dimes around her ankles. In hoodoo tradition, silver dimes are worn for good luck and as protection against malicious spells, such as goofer dust. Goofer dust is graveyard dirt that has been “activated,” often with salt peter, and is mostly used to harm the intended victim, causing sickness or even death. Goofer dust is often sprinkled in the path of the intended victim, around their bed or across the threshold of their home. If one’s path has been “dusted,” the silver dime will tarnish and turn black, indicating that someone is trying to harm them.