Matilda Bass





Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden

Person interviewed: Matilda Bass

1100 Palm Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 80







"Yes ma'am, I was eight years old when the Old War ceasted.



"Honey, I've lived here twenty years and I don't know what this street

is.



"I was born in Greenville, Mississippi. They took my parents and carried

'em to Texas to keep 'em from the Yankees. I think they stayed three

years 'cause I didn't know 'em when they come back.



"I 'member the Yankees come and took us chillun and the old folks to

Vicksburg. I 'member the old man that seed after the chillun while their

parents was gone, he said I was eight when freedom come. We didn't know

nothin' 'bout our ages--didn't have 'nough sense.



"My parents come back after surrender and stayed on my owner's

place--John Scott's place. We had three masters--three brothers.



"I been in Arkansas twenty years--right here. I bought this home.



"I married my husband in Mississippi. We farmed.



"The Lord uses me as a prophet and after my husband died, the Lord sent

me to Arkansas to tell the people. He called me out of the church. I

been out of the church now thirty-three years. Seems like all they think

about in the churches now is money, so the Lord called me out."





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