Mag Brown

Interviewer: Miss Bailie C. Miller

Person interviewed: Mag Brown, Clarksville, Arkansas

Age: 85

"I was born in North Carolina and come South with my white folks. They

was trying to git out of the war and run right into it. My mother died

when I was a baby. I don't remember my mother no more than you do. I

left my white folks. When I was 14 years old, we lived out in the

country. They was willing to keep me but after the war they was so poor.

The girls told me if I could come to town and find work I had better do

it. Two of them come nearly to town with me. They told me I was free to

come to town and live with the colored folks. I didn't know what it

meant to be free. I was just as free as I wanted to be with my white

folks. When I got to town I stayed with your aunt awhile then she sent

me down to stay with your grandma. A white girl who lived with them,

like one of the family, learned me how to cook and iron. I knew how to


"I don't know anything about the present generation. I ain't been able

to git out for the last year or two. I think I broke my foot, for I had

to go on crutches a long time.

"The white folks always sung but I don't know what they sung. I didn't

pay no tention to it then."

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