Scott Martin





INTERVIEW

SCOTT MARTIN

438 Fifth Ave., No.





"I'se 90 y'ars ole and wuz bawn in slavery in Sumner County, Tennessee

and I b'long to Marster Dr. Madison Martin an' mah Misses Mary. And I

wuk'd wid de stock an' wuz de houseman."



"I hab neber been in any truble, neber 'rested en neber bin in jail. I

knows how ter behave, but de young peeples ob terday ain' dun rite en

dey don' 'mounts ter much. Dar am a few dat am all rite. In de ole

days dey wer' bettuh dan dey ez terday. De white and black ougher not

ma'rie."



"I has voted two times, but I disremembers who I voted fer. Neber

hadney frens in office en I nebr met any of de Klu Klux men. I didn'

go out much en I neber wuz kotched w'en I did git out. I heered lots

'bout nigger uprisin' but dey wuz away off."



"I b'long ter de Missionary Baptist chuch an' I useter preach in mah

chuch 'ouse en udders w'en called. Once a y'ar I wud be at de

Cumberland Riber wha'f en' baptiz' culled peeples all da'. We useter

hab camp meetin' in de ole days en hab good things ter eat en I would

preach all day. I went ter schul two sessions en den I went to wuk."



"I member de fust street kar line that run on East side of Cumberland

Riber ter East end ob de ole wood bridge dat de 'arly settlers build.

De kars wer' pulled by hosses en' mules. De whites en blacks mixed

tergedder en den de law made de whites rid' in frunt en the blacks in

de rearuh. I think dat wuz rite, but sum ob mah race wuz mad 'bout

hit. I wuz on a kar one day and mules run'd 'way en de ole red mule

got loose frum de kar en run'd ober a mile 'fore dey ketched him en

dey brot 'im ba'k en de kar' pas' on. I members de ole L & N Railroad

on de East side. W'en my folks wud ride de train dey had 'ter hold me

tite or I wuld git 'way frum dem en run en hide 'hind sum logs. I wuz

scar'et ter ride on de kars."



"Atter freedum de slaves had'n no truble ter go whar dey wan'. Menny

lef' but menny stay wid der ole marsters. I stay wid my marster tell

he d'ed. I den kum an' lib wid mah daddy on Lebanon Road. Atter dat I

libed on Gallatin Road an' den I kum ter Nashville, an' wuk wid pic'

and shovel on streets, sewers an' udder jobs. I heered dem sez dat de

slaves wud git lan', hoss, money er sumpin' but I neber heerd ob

nobody gittin nuthin'. Dere wuz not slave 'raisings eroun' whar I

wuz."



"De fallin' st'ars wuz 'fore mah time, but I'se heer'd mah daddy tole

'bout hit. I se'd de comet wid hit shinnin' tail an' I fust b'leevd

sumbody put hit up dere."



"Good luck sign wuz w'en a stray cat kum ter yo' house an' stay dere.

Bad luck sign wuz a black kat crossin' yo' path in frunt ob yer. Ter

ke'p frum havin' de bad luck yo' back up pas' whar hit crossed yer

path en den spit an' yer hab no bad luck."



"Dem air ships luk nice but dey ez spoke 'boud in de Holy Bible, dat

sum day dere wud be flyin' things in de air'h an' I think dat dese

things am it. De otomobeels kiver nuder passag' in de Bible which seze

de peeple 'll rid' on de streets widout hosses en mules."



"Mah fav'rite songs am "I Gwine to Jine de Gideon Band," and "Keep Yo'

Lits Bunnin'."



"Ter ole now ter wuk an' mah haid don' se'm ter be tergedder an' I'se

gits he'ps frum de Welfare."





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