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1-15-41 Racial Group
Ex-Slave, age about 90
"I wuz mos" er young man when de wah bruk out, but I doan know
my 'zact age, kaze de book what had our ages wrote en it got burnt up
when Evall's house wuz burnt."
"I wuz bawn en Sawhill Station, Bourbon County, Kaintucky. Julie
Ann wuz my mother's name, en my father wuz Sam Lyons, but he died en my
mother got married ergin ter Gawge Conley."
"Evall he had erbout 200 slaves en er big plantation en fine race
horses. He raised cane, wheat en cawn, en he had er big stillhouse fer
ter mak he's own whiskey, en he made it ter sell too."
"Us done our cookin' en our cabin, en twuz'nt much 'cept jowl bacon,
cawn bread en syrup.
"Me en part of our fam'ly wuz sold onct, en ole Miss Evall's mother
brought us back the same day."
"I seen slaves whipped at de whipping post en Baris, Kaintucky, till
dey backs bleed, en den dey springle de cuts with salty water."
"Dif'funt slave owners take de slaves ter help over slave owners
cut dey winter's wood, er husk cawn, er shear dey sheep. Us done got good
food den, en sometines dey uster let der slaves have dances togedder, whilst
dey wuz wulkin' ter git de wuk done up."
"Evall bought our shoes in Paris, en ef dey wuz too big us wored em,
en ef dey wuz too little us wored em jes' de same; but sometimes us cut de
toes outer de shoes ter mek em long enough."