Frances Smith





Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Frances Smith

2224 Havis Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 77





"I specs I was born in slavery times. I remember seein' the Yankees.

That was in Mississippi. I'm seventy-seven--that's my age.



"Spencer Bailey was old master. Just remember the name was 'bout the

biggest thing I knowed about. I seen him all right but I didn't know

much about him 'cept his name.



"Mother belonged to him, yes'm.



"I tell you the truf, what little I used to remember I done forgot it. I

just didn't try to keep up with it. I wasn't concerned and just didn't

try to keep up with it.



"I know our folks stayed there a while. First place we went to after the

War was Tennessee.



"I don't know how long I been here--I been here a time though.



"Yes'm, I went to school several terms.



"I was married in Arkansas. My folks heard about Arkansas bein' such a

rich country, so they come to Arkansas.



"I farmed a long time and then I done housework.



"Deal a times I don't know what to think of this younger generation. I

sits down sometimes and tries to study 'em out, but I fails.



"Well, what the old folks goin' to get out of this?"





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