Annie Page





Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Annie Page

412-1/2 Pullen Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 86





"I was born 1852, they tell me, on the fifteenth of March. I was workin'

a good while 'fore surrender.



"Bill Jimmerson was my old master. He was a captain in Marmaduke's army.

Come home on thirty days furlough once and he and Daniel Carmack got

into some kind of a argument 'bout some whisky and Daniel Carmack

stabbed him with a penknife. Stabbed him three times. He was black as

tar when they brought him home. The blood had done settled. Oh Lawd,

that was a time.



"My eyes been goin' blind 'bout six years till I got so I can't excern

(discern) anything.



"Old miss used to box me over the head mightily and the colored folks

used to hit me over the head till seem like I could hear a bell for two

or three days. Niggers ain't got no sense. Put 'em in authority and they

gits so uppity.



"My brother brought me here and left me here with a colored woman named

Rachael Ross. And oh Lawd, she was hard on me. Never had to do in

slavery times what I had to do then.



"But the devil got her and all her chillun now I reckon. They tell me

when death struck her, they asked if the Lawd called her, and they say

she just turned over and over in the bed like a worm in hot ashes."





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