Joe Robinson





Federal Writers' Project

of the W.P.A.

District #6

Marion County

Anna Pritchett

1200 Kentucky Avenue



FOLKLORE

JOE ROBINSON--EX-SLAVE

1132 Cornell Avenue





Joe Robinson was born in Mason County, Kentucky in 1854.



His master, Gus Hargill, was very kind to him and all his slaves. He

owned a large farm and raised every kind of vegetation. He always gave

his slaves plenty to eat. They never had to steal food. He said his

slaves had worked hard to permit him to have plenty, therefore they

should have their share.



Joe, his mother, a brother, and a sister were all on the same

plantation. They were never sold, lived with the same master until they

were set free.



Joe's father was owned by Rube Black, who was very cruel to his slaves,

beat them severely for the least offense. One day he tried to beat Joe's

father, who was a large strong man; he resisted his master and tried to

kill him. After that he never tried to whip him again. However, at the

first opportunity, Rube sold him.



The Robinson family learned the father had been sold to someone down in

Louisiana. They never heard from, or of him, again.





Interviewer's Comment



Mr. Robinson lives with his wife; he receives a pension, which he said

was barely enough for them to live on, and hoped it would be increased.



He attends one of the W.P.A. classes, trying to learn to read and write.



They have two children who live in Chicago.



Submitted January 24, 1938

Indianapolis, Indiana





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