Mr. Pamell made land grants to all the slaves who wanted to remain with him;     few left, so kind he had been to them all.

    Life went on in much the same manner for Amanda’s family except that the children     attended school where a white teacher instructed them from a “blue back Webster.”     Amanda was a young woman but she managed to learn to read a little. Later     they had colored teachers who followed much of the same routine as the whites     had. They were held in awe by the other Negroes and every little girl yearned     to be a teacher, as this was about the only professional field open to Negro     women at the time.

    “After de war Negroes blossomed out with fine phaetons (buggies) and ceiled     house, and clothes-oh my!”



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