William Brown





Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: William Brown, Hazen, Arkansas

Age: 67





I was born in Virginia but I was born after slavery. I heard my folks

talk a heap about oldern times. The way I come here was Dr. Hill brought

bout 75 families down to Mississippi to work on farms. I come to Deer

Creek close to Sunflower, Mississippi. I lived there 11 years and I

drifted to Arkansas.



I don't remember if they was in any uprisings or not. If they was any

rebellion cept the big rebellion I don't recall it. My whole families

was in de heat of the war.



My mother and father's owner was John Smith. I recollects hearin them

talk bout him well as if it was yesterday--we worked on McFowell place

close to Petersburg, Virginia when I was little. Then I worked for Miss

Bessie and Mr. John Stewart last fore I come with Dr. Hill. I had lived

up there but he come and settled down in Mississippi.



The first place I worked on in Arkansas was the John Reeds bout 3 miles

from Danville. I stayed there 3 years. My folks stayed on there but I

rambled to Little Rock. I worked with Mr. L.C. Merrill. I milked cows

and cut grass, fed cows. He has a automobile company in Little Rock now.

I farmed bout all my life. Now I don't own nothing. I stays at my

daughters. I been married twice. Both my wives dead.



The times change so much I don't know whether they any better or not.

The black race ain't never had nuthin--some few gets a little headway

once in a while.



I used to vote some--didn't care nuthin bout it much. Never seed no good

come of it. Heap of them vote tickets like somebody tell em or don't

know how dey vote.



The young generations better off than the old folks now. The things

change so fast I don't know how they will get by.





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