Alex Murdock

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Alex Murdock, Edmondson, Arkansas

Age: 65

"My owner or least my folks was owned by Dr. [HW: 'Murder'] (Murdock).

He had a big farm. He was a widower. He had no children as ever I knowed

of. Dr. 'Murder' raised my father's mother. He bought her at Tupelo,

Mississippi. He raised mother too. She was bright color. I'm sure they

stayed on after freedom 'cause I stayed there till we come to Arkansas.

Father was a teamster. He followed that till he died. He owned a dray

and died at Brinkley. He was well-known and honorable.

"I worked in the oil mill at Brinkley-American Oil Company.

"Mother was learned durin' slavery but I couldn't say who done it. She

taught school 'round Buena Vista and Okolona, Mississippi. She learned

me. I was born 1874--November 25, 1874. I heard her say she worked in

the field one year. They give her some land and ploughed it so she could

have a patch. It was all she could work. I don't know how much. It was

her patch. Our depot was Prairie Station, Mississippi. My parents was

Monroe [HW: 'Murder'] Murdock[TR: lined out] and Lucy Ann Murdock[TR:

lined out] [HW: Murder]. It is spelled M-u-r-d-o-c-k.

"I farmed all my whole life. Oil milling was the surest, quickest living

but I likes farmin' all right.

"I never contacted the Ku Kluxes. They was 'bout gone when I come on.

"I voted off an' on. This is the white folks' country and they going to

run their gov'mint. The thing balls us up is, some tells us one way and

some more tells us a different way to do. And we don't know the best

way. That balls us up. Times is better than ever I seen them, for the

man that wants to work.

"I get $8 a month. I work all I can."

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