Ida Bryant

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Ida Bryant, Hazea. Arkansas

(Very very black Negro woman)

Age: 61

"My mother was Hulda Williams. Grandpa was Jack Williams. Her mistress

was a widow woman in slavery times. They lived in Louisiana. I was born

close to Bastrop in Morehouse Parish. My father died when I was ten

years old. He was old. I was a child. Things look different to you then

you know. Grandpa was Hansen Terry, grandma Aggie Terry. They called pa

Major Terry but he belong to Bill Talbot. Hansen Terry was a free man.

He molded his own money. He died in South Carolina. Pa come from

Edgefield, South Carolina to Alabama. Stayed there awhile then come on

to Louisiana. He slipped off from his master. Between South Carolina and

Louisiana he walked forty miles. He rode all the other time. My folks

always farmed.

"Times have been getting some better all along since I was a chile.

Times is a heap better now than I ever seen in my life. The young men

depends on their wives to cook and make a living. They don't work

much--none of em. We old niggers doin' the wash in' and the young women

doin' cookin' and easy jobs. None of the men ain't workin' to do no

good! A few months in the year ain't no workin'.

"I get commodities. I owns this house now. I bout paid it out. I washes

three washin's a week. The rest of the time I pieces up quilts for

myself. I need cover."

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