Jeff Davis





Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Jeff Davis

1100 Texas Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 85

[May 31 1938]





"What's my name? I got a good name. Name's Jeff Davis. Miss Mary Vinson

was some of my white folks.



"Oh Lord yes, I was here in slavery times--runnin' around like you

are--ten years old. I'm eighty-five even.



"Soldiers used to give me dimes and quarters. Blue coats was what they

called 'em. And the Rebs was Gray.



"Yankees had a gun as long as from here to there. Had cannon-balls

weighed a hundred and forty-four pounds.



"I'm a musician--played the fife. Played it to a T. Had two kinds of

drums. Had different kinds of brass horns too. I 'member one time they

was a fellow thought he could beat the drum till I took it.



"Had plenty to eat. Old master fed us plenty.



"Oh, I used to do a heap of work in a day.



"I was 'bout ten when freedom come. Yes ma'am."





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