Ida May Fluker

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Ida May Fluker

Route 6, Box 80, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 83

"I was born in slavery times in Clark County, Alabama. Clover Hill was

the county seat.

"Elias Campbell was old master. I know the first time I ever saw any

plums, old master brought 'em. I 'member that same as yesterday.

"I 'member the same as if 'twas yesterday when the Yankees come. We

chillun would hide behind the door. Had on blue suits with brass

buttons. So you see I'm no baby.

"I 'member my mother and the other folks would go up to the big house

and help make molasses. Didn't 'low us chillun to go but we'd slip up

there anyway.

"Old missis' name Miss Annis. She was good to us.

"I didn't do nothin' but play around in the yard and tote wood. Used to

tote water from the Wood Spring. Had a spring called Wood Spring.

"My mother was the cook and my grandma was the spinner. I used to weave

after freedom.

"I know the Yankees come in there and got a lot of fodder. They was

drivin' a lot of cows. We chillun would be scared of 'em--mama would be

at the big house.

"Mama belonged to the Campbells and papa belonged to Davis Solomon, and

I know every Christmas they let him come to see mama, and he'd bring me

and my sister a red dress buttoned in the back. I 'member it same as if

'twas yesterday 'cause I was crazy 'bout them red dresses.

"I used to hear the folks talkin' 'bout patrollers. Yes ma'am, I heered

that song

'Run nigger run

Paddyrollers will ketch you

Jes' 'fore day.'

I know you've heered that song.

"I heered papa talk about how he was sold. He say the overseer so mean

he run off in the woods and eat blackberries for a week.

"I guess we had plenty to eat. I know mama used to fetch us somethin' to

eat from the house. Old missis give it to her. I know I was glad to get


"When the people was freed they was so glad they went from house to

house and prayed and give thanks to the Lord.

"Our folks stayed right there and worked on the shares.

"I never went to school but about two weeks. My papa was hard workin'.

Other folks would let their chillun rest but he wouldn't let his chillun

rest. He sure did work us hard.

"You know in them days people moved 'round so much they didn't have time

to keep up no remembrance 'bout their ages. We didn't have no time to

see 'bout no ages--had to work. That's the truth."

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