Ada Moorehead

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Ada Moorehead

2300 E. Barraque, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 82?

"I was here in slavery times, honey, but I don't know exactly how old I

am. I was born in Huntsville, Alabama but you know in them days old

folks didn't tell the young folks no thin' and I was so small when they

brought me here. I don't know what year I was born but I believe I'm

about eighty-two. You know when a person ain't able to work and dabble

out his own clothes, you know he's gone a long ways.

"My white folks was Ad White what owned me. Called him Marse Ad. Don't

call folks marse much now-days.

"My father was sold away from us in Alabama and we heard he was here in

Pine Bluff so Aunt Fanny brought us here. She just had a road full of us

and brought us here to Arkansas. We walked. We was a week on the road. I

know we started here on Monday morning and we got here to the courthouse

on the next Monday round about noon. That was that old courthouse. I

reckon that ground is in the river now.

"When we got here I saw my father. He took me to his sister--that was my

Aunt Savannah--and dropped me down.

"Mrs. Reynolds raised me. She come to Aunt Savannah's house and hired me

the very same day I got here. I nursed Miss Katie. She was bout a month

old. You know--a little long dress baby. Don't wear then long dresses

now--gettin' wiser.

"Mrs. Reynolds she was good to me. And since she's gone looks like I'm

gone too--gone to the dogs. Cause when Mrs. Reynolds got a dress for

Miss Katie--got one for me too.

"My father was a soldier in the war. Last time I heard from him I know

he was hauling salt to the breastworks. Yes, I was here in the war. That

was all right to me but I wished a many a time I wasn't here.

"I went to school two or three days in a week for about a term. But I

didn't learn to read much. Had to hire out and help raise my brother and

sister. I'm goin' to this here government school now. I goes every


"Since I got old I can think bout the old times. It comes to me. I

didn't pay attention to nothin' much when I was young.

"Oh Lord, I don't know what's goin' to become of us old folks. Wasn't

for the Welfare, I don't know what I'd do.

"I was sixteen when I married. I sure did marry young. I married young

so I could see my chillun grown. I never married but once and I stayed a

married woman forty-nine years to the very day my old man died. Lived

with one man forty-nine years. I had my hand and heart full. I had a

home of my own. How many chillun? Me? I had nine of my own and I raised

other folks' chillun. Oh, I been over this world right smart--first one

thing and then another. I know a lot of white folks. They all been

pretty good to me."

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