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“When I first went to South Carolina, them niggers was bad* They organized* They used to have an association known as the Union Laborers, I think* The organization was like the fraternal order* I donft knowfs they ever had any trouble but they were always in readiness to protect them- selves if any conflict arose* It was a secret order carried on just like any other fraternal order* They had distress calls* Every member has an old horn which he blew in time of trouble* I think that saiae kind of organization or something like it was active here when I came* The Eagles (a big family of white people in Lonoke County) had a fight with members of it once and some of the Eagles were killed a year or two before I came to this state” http://memory.loc.gov/mss/mesn/021/021.1.txt

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