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!”