Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Edgar Cayce - The Sleeping Prophet in Selma, Alabama
Born in Kentucky, he was a psychic that many called the "Sleeping Prophet" because he did his readings while in a state of self-hypnosis. Beginning in around 1901-1902, Cayce developed a widespread reputation because of what believers said was his ability to diagnosis medical conditions and recommend cures that often worked. He did this without examining or, in many cases, even meeting the patients.
In 1912, Cayce moved from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to Selma, Alabama. In Selma he operated a photography studio for twelve years, was active in community affairs and was often mentioned in newspapers across the country. By 1920, one of the Birmingham newspapers was able to report that he had done readings for thousands of people, mystifying doctors and scientists in the process.
Edgar Cayce lived in Selma until 1923. The storefront where he kept his photography studio and also lived still stands today. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/selmacayce.