Phillip Rice





=Project 1885-1=

=FOLKLORE=

=Spartanburg Dist. 4=

=June 15, 1937=



=Edited by:=

=Elmer Turnage=



=STORIES FROM EX-SLAVES=





"I'm living on Mr. Russel Emmitt's place. I never did nothing but drive

cows when I was a little boy growing up. Miss Cum and Miss Lizzie Rice

was Marse Alex's sisters. Marse Alex done died, and dey was my mistress.

Dey tuck and sold de plantation afo dey died, here 'bout twenty years

ago. Dat whar my ma found me and den she died.



"My grandparents, Jane and Peter Stevens, brung me up. I was a little

farm boy and driv cows fer de overseer, Jim Blalock. Miss Cum was really

Miss Ann. Miss Ann had a hundred niggers, herself, and Miss Lizzie had

might nigh dat many, asides dem what Marse Alex done left 'em. De

overseer try to act rough out o' Miss Ann's sight, and she find it out

and set him down a peg.



"Miss Jane have our shirts made on de looms. She let us wear long shirts

and go in our shirt tails, and us had to keep 'em clean, too, 'cause

Miss Jane never like no dirt around her. Miss Jane have charge of de

whole house and everything along wid it.



"Us had three hundred hogs to tend to, two hundred yellings and heifers,

and Lawdy knows how many sheep and goats. Us fed dem things and kept 'em

fat. When butchering time come, us stewed out the mostest lard and we

had enough side-meat to supply the plantation the year round. Our wheat

land was fertilized wid load after load of cotton seed. De wheat us

raised was de talk of de country side. 'Sides dat, dare was rye, oats

and barley, and I ain't said nothing 'bout de bottom corn dat laid in de

cribs from year to year.



"Our smokehouse was allus full o' things to eat, not only fer de white

folks but fer de darkies as well. And our barns carried feed fer de

cattle from harvest to harvest.



"De fattest of all de hosses, was Miss Ann's black saddle hoss called,

'Beauty'. Miss Ann wo' de longest side-saddle dress dat hung way down

below her feets. Somebody allus had to help her on and off Beauty, but

n'ary one of her brothers could out-ride Miss Ann."





Source: Phillip Rice (75), Kelton, S.C. RFD

Interviewed by: Caldwell Sims, Union, S.C. (5/7/37)





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