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“They’d bring a slave out on the flatform and open his mouth, pound his chest, make him harden his muscles so the buyer could see what he was gittin’. Young men was called ‘bucks’ and young women ‘wenches’. The person that offered the best price was de buyer. And dey shore did git rid uf some pretty gals. Dey always looked so shame and pitiful up on dat stand wid all dem men standin’ dere lookin’ at em wid what dey had on dey minds shinin’ in they eyes One little gal walked up and left her mammy mourning so pitiful cause she had to be sold. Seems like dey all belong in a family where nobody ever was sold. My she was a pretty gal.” 

“And dats why your mamma’s named Julia stead of Mary Jane or Hannah or somethin’ else—She cost me $950.00 and den my own freedom. But she was worth it—every bit of it!”

http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/docs/s/slave/slave27.htm

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