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Caroline Tracy “Aunt Caroline” Dye, Highly Respected Fortune Teller In The 19th Century

Caroline Tracy Dye


Caroline Tracy Dye, also known as “Aunt Caroline,” was a well-known fortune teller in the nineteenth century. Her parents died when she was an infant, and she was born into slavery in Spartanburg, South Carolina, around 1843. She became aware of her abilities at a young age, reportedly because she could see things that no one else could.

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She later relocated to Elgin, Jackson County, and married Martin Dye on June 16, 1867. They had one child, a girl, who died when she was eleven months old. They raised several children who were not their own over the years, including children who were biologically related to Dye.

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Although she never considered herself a fortune teller, she was given that title by others. She was said to be as well-known in some areas as President Woodrow Wilson. Her clients came from all over the mid-South, with a particularly devoted following from Memphis. Because so many people came to see her, a train was named the “Caroline Dye Special.”


Her clients were both black and white, and while payment was not required for her services, the majority of them expressed their gratitude by tipping her a few dollars for a reading. Dye was said to receive up to thirty letters per day, the majority of which included payment for her services. According to reports, some prominent white businessmen in the area would not make important decisions without first consulting her. People flocked to her house all day to wait for a reading, so she took advantage of the large number of visitors and sold meals from her home.


Dye only used a deck of cards to focus on her clients’ readings. She never gave readings about love or the outcome of World War I, but she did give her clients visions of the future and advice on a variety of issues, such as missing people, animals, and objects. Dye passed away on September 26, 1918.



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