Marthala Grant

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Marthala Grant

2203 E. Barraque, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 77

"All I can remember is some men throwin' us up in the air and ketchin'

us, me and my baby brother. Like to scared me to death. They had on

funny clothes. Me and my brother was out in the yard playin'. They just

grabbed us up and throwed us up and ketched us.

"My mother would tell us bout the war. She had on some old shoes--wooden

shoes. Her white folks name was Hines. That was in North Carolina. I

emigrated here when they was emigratin' folks here. I was grown then.

"Durin' the war I heered the shootin' and the people clappin' their


"My mother said they was fightin' to free the people but I didn't know

what freedom was. I member hearin' em whoopin' and hollerin' when peace

was 'clared and talkin' bout it.

"Yes'm I went to school some--not much. I learned a right smart to read

but not much writin'.

"We'd go up to the white folks house every Sunday evenin' and old

mistress would learn us our catechism. We'd have to comb our heads and

clean up and go up every Sunday evenin'. She'd line us up and learn us

our catechism.

"We stayed right on there after the war. They paid my mother. I picked

cotton and nussed babies and washed dishes.

"I was married when I was twenty. Never been married but once and my

husband been dead nigh bout twenty years."

"When I come here this town wasn't much--sure wasn't much. Used to have

old car pulled by mules and a colored man had that--old Wiley Jones.

He's dead now.

"I had eleven childen. All dead but five. My boy what's up North went to

that Spanish War. He stayed till peace was declared.

"After we come to Arkansas my husband voted every year and worked the

county roads. I guess he voted Republican.

"I can't tell you bout the younger generation. They so fast you can't

keep up with them. I really can't tell you."

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