Frank Reed





Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Frank Reed,

1004 Missouri Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 78





"I was a little boy pickin' up chips and helpin' feed the hog in slavery

times for old master. Name was George Houston. That was in Alabama.



"I reckon I do remember George Houston. As far as I know he was good to

us. I remember when he died.



"Our people stayed right there after freedom. My mother was a Houston

till she married.



"I reckon I do remember the paddyrollers. I remember the hounds runnin'

too. I never thought I would remember that no more.



"They didn't get after me 'cause I was too little. It didn't last long

enough for 'em to get after me.



"I'm sick and not able to help myself. I got run over by a wagon.



"I'm livin' here with my daughter. Her husband is a preacher and they

got eight children, so you can imagine how much they can do for me.



"One word of the white folks is worth a thousand of ours."





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