Frozie Moss

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Frozie Moss (dark mulatto), Brinkley, Arkansas

Age: 69

"When my grandma whut raised me got free she and grandpa come to Memphis

and didn't stay there long till they went to Crittenden County on a

man's farm. My grandma was born in Alabama and my grandpa in Virginia. I

know he wasn't in the Nat Turner rebellion, for my mother had nine

children and all but me at Holly Grove, Mississippi. I was born up in

Crittenden County. She died. I remember very little about my father. I

jes' remember father a little. He died too. My grand parents lived at

Holly Grove all during the war. They used to talk about how they did.

She said hardest time she ever lived through was at Memphis. Nothing to

do, nothing to eat and no places to stay. I don't know why they left and

come on to Memphis. She said her master's name was Pig'ge. He wasn't

married. He and his sisters lived together. My grandmother was a slave

thirty years. She was a field hand. She said she would be right back in

the field when her baby was two weeks old. They didn't wont the slaves

to die, they cost too much money, but they give them mighty hard work to

do sometimes. Grandma and grandpa was heap stronger I am at my age. They

didn't know how old they was. Her master told her how long he had her

when they left him and his father owned her before he died. I think they

had a heap easier time after they come to Arkansas from what she said. I

can't answer yo questions because I'm just tellin' you what I remembers

and I was little when they used to talk so much.

"If the young generation would save anything for the time when they

can't work I think they would be all right. I don't hear about them

saving. They buys too much. That their only trouble. They don't know how

to see ahead.

"I owns this house is all. I been sick a whole heap, spent a lot on my

medicines and doctor bill. I worked on the farm till after I come to

Brinkley. We bought this place here and I cooks. I cooked for Miss Molly

Brinkkell, Mr. Adams and Mrs. Fowler. I washes and irons some when I can

get it. Washing and ironing 'bout gone out of fashion now. I don't get

no moneys. I get commodities from the Sociable Welfare. My son works and

they don't give me no money."

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