Laurence Gary

Project 1885

District #4

Spartanburg, S.C.

June 1, 1937

Edited by:

Martha Ritter


"I was born in 1861, at Gary's Lane, in Newberry County, S.C. My father

and mother and me were slaves of Dr. John Gary who lived in a big fine

house there. They had lots of slaves, and a large plantation. After

freedom come he told them they could go where they wanted to, but they

stayed on with Doc Gary. He was a good master; he never allowed any

paderollers around his place; he always give the slave a pass when he

went off. When de Ku Klux went up and down the road on horses, all

covered with white sheets, old Doc wouldn't allow them on his place.

"We was allowed to hunt, and we hunted rabbits, 'possums, a few foxes in

the neighborhood, partridges, squirrels, and doves.

"We went to school after freedom come; we had a school for niggers and

had a church for niggers, too.

"Doc Gary had a big piano in his house, and most everybody else had a

fiddle or Jews harp. He had a wide fireplace in his kitchen where he

cooked over it, in skillets.

"I think Abe Lincoln was a fine man and Jeff Davis was all right. Booker

Washington is a smart fellow."

=Source:= Laurence Gary (76), Newberry, S.C. (Helena)

Interviewer: G. Leland Summer, 1707 Lindsey St,

Newberry, S.C.

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