File District #4
Copied Cuyahoga County
12-1-41 Racial Groups
Ex-Slave 86 years
Although born in August, 1851, Clark Heard insists he was but nine
years old at the close of the Civil War.
While he puffed on a villainous pipe, he was persuaded at length to
give to posterity the following facts of his slavehood:
"I was born in August, 1851, on a 300-acre plantation in Troup County,
Georgia. De plantation was five mile from Wes' Point an' jes' twelve mile
from La Grange -- dat's de county seat of Troup County.
My father was Amos Heard, born in Charleston, South Carolina. Don'
know what my mother, Delilah, was born -- somewhar in Virginny.
Dar was seven of us boys and one gal, Katie Saphonia -- or Saphonia
Katie -- it's jes' a same either way.
Oldes' boy was Hardy; nex', George Washington; nex', Whit -- don't know
if it was Whitman or not, we jes' call 'im Whit; nex', myself, Clark; nex',
Pascall; nex', Edgah; nex', Willis.
De Marzer was Jesse Palmer, an' he shuh was good to all us colored folk.
I never worked until Surrender. Yes. Surrender. Yo' know, don' yo', dat's
what dey call it wen dey was freed. I never worked while on Marse Jesse's
place 'cause he didn' work his boys until dey'd nine, an' I was jes' nine at
My gran'father was Henry Heard. He wasn't a real slave. He was a stage
driver. You know what a stage be? Oh yes, every plantation had one -- some