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The Pamell slaves had a Negro minister who could hold services any time he     chose, so long as he did not interfere with the work of the other slaves.     He was not obliged to do hard menial labors and went about the plantation     “all dressed up” in a frock coat and store-bought shoes. He was more than     a little conscious of this and was held in awe by the others. He often visited     neighboring plantations to hold his services. It was from this minister that     they first heard of the Civil War. He held whispered prayers for the success     of the Union soldiers, not because freedom was so desirable to them but for     other slaves who were treated so cruelly. There was a praying ground where     “the grass never had a chancet ter grow fer the troubled kness that kept it     crushed down.”

http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/docs/s/slave/slave07.htm

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