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SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 12 By SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER 1
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I knows what it means to be a nigger, wid nothin’. Many times I had to turn every way I knowed to git a bite to eat. I didn’t care much ‘bout clothes. What I needed in sich times... More > was food to keep my blood warm and gwine ‘long.< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 13 By SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER 2
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Uncle Ben lives in his own cabin with his second wife, Stella. Formerly almost inaccessible, the new Coastal Highway has put Uncle Ben and Aunt Stella in the world. The rural electricity program has... More > current right at their door. Aunt Stella was asked ‘Why don’t you have lights, Aunt Stella?’ and she replied, ‘White folks run me if I do that!’ So you see the old couple still live with many old and odd beliefs one being that the white man only is entitled to the good things—the better things. Like most old ex-slaves in South Carolina low country, they love and revere the names and memories of their old masters.)< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 3 By ARKANSAS CHAPTER 5
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“I seed the Ku Klux. We colored folks had to make it here to Pine Bluff to the county band. If the Rebels kotch you, you was dead. “Oh Lord yes, I voted. I voted the Publican ticket, they... More > called it. You know they had this Australia ballot. You was sposed to go in the caboose and vote. They like to scared me to death one time. I had a description of the man I wanted to vote for in my pocket and I was lookin’ at it so I’d be sure to vote for the right man and they caught me. They said, ‘What you doin’ there? We’re goin’ to turn you over to the sheriff after election!’ They had me scared to death. I hid out for a long time till I seed they wasn’t goin’ to do nothin’. “My wife’s brother was one of the judges of the election. Some of the other colored folks was constables and magistrates—some of em are now—down in the country.< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 2 By ARKANSAS CHAPTER 2
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Yo’ say yo’ is in’rested in the lives of the slaves? Well, Miss, I is one of ‘em. Was born in 1849 but I don’ know jus’ when. My birthday comes in fodder... More > pullin’ time cause my ma said she was pullin up till bout a hour ‘fore I was born. Was born in North Carolina and was a young lady at the time of surrender. I don’ ‘member ol’ master’s name; all I ‘member is that we call ‘em ol’ master an ol’ mistress. They had bout a hundred niggers and they was rich. Master always tended the men and mistress tended to us.< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 6 By ARKANSAS CHAPTER 7
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Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden Person interviewed: John Young 923 E. Fifteenth, Pine Bluff, Arkansas Age: 89 “I know I was born in Arkansas. The first place I recollect I was in... More > Arkansas. “I was a drummer in the Civil War. I played the little drum. The bass drummer was Rheuben Turner. “I run off from home in Drew County. Five or six of us run off here to Pine Bluff. We heard if we could get with the Yankees we’d be free, so we run off here to Pine Bluff and got with some Yankee soldiers—the twenty-eighth Wisconsin. “Then we went to Little Rock and I j’ined the fifty-seventh colored infantry. I thought I was good and safe then. “We went to Fort Smith from Little Rock and freedom come on us while we was between New Mexico and Fort Smith. “They mustered us out at Fort Leavenworth and I went right back to my folks in Drew County, Monticello. “I’ve been a farmer all my life till I got too old.”< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 15 By GEORGIA CHAPTER 2
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According to Mrs. Rush the first of the month was always sale day for slaves and horses. She was sold on one of those days from her master in Carrollton to one Mr. Morris, who lived in Newman, Ga.... More > Mr. Morris paid $1100.00 for her. She remained with him for a short while and was later sold to one Mr. Ray who paid the price of $1200.00. Both of these masters were very kind to her, but she was finally sold back to her former master, Mr. Archibald Burke of Carrollton, Ga. Mrs. Rush remembers that none of the slaves were allowed away from their plantation unless they held a pass from their master. Once when she was going to town to visit some friends she was accosted by a group of “Paddle-Rollers” who gave her a sound whipping when she was unable to show a pass from her master.< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 14 By GEORGIA CHAPTER 1
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. My ma had three chillun durin’ de war and one jus’ atter de war. I think dat las’ one wuz me, but I ain’t sho’. My pa’s name wuz Jim Hill, and ma’s name... More > wuz Ca’line Hill. Both of ‘em is daid now. Pa died October 12, 1896 and wuz 88 years old. Ma died November 20, 1900; she wuz 80 years old. I knows dem years is right ‘cause I got ‘em from dat old fambly Bible so I kin git ‘em jus’ right. One of my sisters, older dan I is, stays in Atlanta wid her son. Since she los’ one of her sons, her mind’s done gone. My other sister ain’t as old as I is but her mind is all right and she is well.”< Less
SLAVE NARRATIVES Volume 16 By GEORGIA CHAPTER 3
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“Yes chile, I’ll be glad to tell you de story of my life, I can’t tell you much ‘bout slav’ry ‘cause I wuz jus’ six months old when freedom come, but I has... More > heared quite a lot, and I will tell you all I kin ‘member ‘bout everythin.” Said old “Aunt” Georgia Telfair, who lives with her son to whom her devotion is quite evident. Both “Aunt” Georgia and the little home show the excellent care that is given them. “My pa,” she said, “wuz Pleasant Jones, an’ he b’longed to Marse Young L.G. Harris. Dey lived at de Harris place out on Dearing Street. Hit wuz all woods out dar den, an’ not a bit lak Dearing Street looks now.< Less
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