Mary Adams

Project 1885-1.

Folk Lore

District No. 4.

May 27, 1937.

Edited by: J. J. Murray.


"Aunt" Mary Adams was swinging easily back and forth in the porch swing

as the writer stopped to speak to her. When questioned, she replied that

she and her mother were ex-slaves and had belonged to Dr. C. E. Fleming.

She was born in Columbia, but they were moved to Glenn Springs where her

mother cooked for Dr. Fleming.

She remembers going with a white woman whose husband was in jail, to

carry him something to eat. She said that Mr. Jim Milster was in that

jail, but he lived to get out, and later kept a tin shop in Spartanburg.

"Yes sir, Dr. Fleming always kept enough for us Niggers to eat during

the war. He was good to us. You know he married Miss Dean. Do you know

Mrs. Lyles, Mrs. Simpson, Mr. Ed Fleming? Well, dey are my chilluns.

"Some man here told me one day that I was ninety years old, but I do not

believe I am quite that old. I don't know how old I am, but I was

walking during slavery times. I can't work now, for my feet hurt me and

my fingers ain't straight."

She said all of her children were dead but two, that she knew of. She

said that she had a room in that house and white people gave her

different things. As the writer told her good-bye, she said, "Good-bye,

and may the Lord bless you".

Source: "Aunt" Mary Adams, 363 S. Liberty Street, Spartanburg, S. C.

Interviewer: F. S. DuPre, Spartanburg, S. C.

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