Mary Jane Hardrige


Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Mary Jane Hardrige

1501 W. Barraque, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 79

"Well, I don't believe in signs much. My sister was sick about a year

once. They said she had the T. B. (tuberculosis). One day I was there

and she said, 'Sis, do you hear that peckerwood? He's drivin' a nail in

my coffin.' And sure enough she died not long after.

"But let me tell you I had a peculiar dream yesterday morning just

before day. There's a little child here. His mother died and left him,

the baby child. I dreamt his mother brought him to me. She said, 'I

brought my boy here and I want you to keep him.' I thought he come to me

just as naked as he could be. He kept sayin', 'Come on, Mrs. Hardrige,

and let's go home, I'm cold.' He didn't have a garment on. His mother

was with him and she's dead you know.

"I mentioned it to one of my neighbors and she said it was a sign of

some woman's death.

"I was very much devoted to the child. I love him, and that dream stayed

with me all day. I don't know but I've always heard if you dream of the

dead it's goin' to rain.

"I ain't four miles from where I was born. I was born across the river.

We belonged to Jim Scull. I've lived all my life in Jefferson County."

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