File District #6
Copied Clark County
1-15-41 Racial Group
Ex-Slave, 79 years.
"I doan member much slav'ry days, but I does member peekin'
t'ru de fence at Yankee hosses eatin' cawn in Paynes' fiel'."
"I wuz bawn in Stokes County, Nawth Cah'lina. My fathah en motha
wuz Henry en Leethy Payne, en us tuck ouah name fum Marse Bob Payne who
owned us. Dey wuz nine chilluns in my fam'ly; Mille, Lett, Jim, Adeline,
Willum, Dave, Hunter, en me."
"I doan member much, kaze I wuz jes' a little tot. I done heerd
my pappy say how dey faired; he wuz glad when us wuz freed, kaze he say he
allus want to raise his chilluns free citizens en give em as good a eddica-
tion as he could."
"I know us moved fum Paynes, en had a little place ouah own whar us
raied terbaccer en farmed, en had cows en hosses. When de school open us
chillun went to school."
"I doan member any games us played, jus' now; but I know us Chillun
played jus' like de othah chilluns."
"I member folks singin' er song bout, "Old Jeff David T'inks He's
Might Smart", en de name of Abra'm Lincum wuz poplar den en folks t'ink he
wuz a moughty big man."
"I done heerd Booker T. Washington speak; he wuz sho' a great speak-
er en a man whut done lots fer his people."
"I moved up here fum Stokes County, in 1903: Us goes to de Church
er God. I never seed no babtizin's tel atter freedom, but I done saw lots