“I jined de St. Paul Baptist Chu’ch over in Louisiana an’ I’se been a Baptist ever’ since. Yes’m, I’se been mar’ied an’ got a whole raft er chullun, but I don’t know anything ’bout ’em. I’se tol’ some of ’em might be in California. God knows whar dey be.
“My wife lef’ me twenty years ago. I’se been livin’ in Amite County ’bout thirty years, maybe more. I live wid my daughter-in-law, Melissa. My son went off an’ lef’ her an’ we live on Mr. John McGehee’s place. I can’t work. I’se blin’ in one eye an’ almos’ blin’ in de other. I git a li’l suppo’t frum good white folks, who give me somepin’ now an’ den. An’ sometime de ‘lief helps me. People are mighty good to me.
“Fo’ you go I want to tell you dat not all de white folks was mean to dey slaves. Some of ’em was mighty kin’ an’ good, so I is tol’. But mine was mighty mean.
“Missus, fo’ you go I want to tell you I tries to be a Christian, an’ I don’t wish nobody no harm, but somehow I know Miss Elviry was punished befo’ she died. She sho’ was sorry fer de way she treated her darkies. I’se had a hard time all my life, but I hopes to res’ easy when I die.”
Transcribed by: Ann Allen Geoghegan
The Federal Writer’s Project of
The Works Progress Administration
For the State of Mississippi