The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography - Vol. 5

By George P. Rawick | Go to book overview
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B. E. Davis November 4, 1937
Madisonville, Texas (No)
Dist. #8

Lucendy Griffen

The slave story of Lucendy Griffen as told by her. I'se born in North Carolina and I'se 80 years old. My fathers name was Alex Griffen and mother's name Carolina Griffen. They was brought to Africa when they was small. I'se had brother name Tom, one name George, one name Jim, then I'se had a sister name Sally, and one Allen. Boss, we had great times when we young. We play hide and seek, wolf over the river.

Master he sells Tom and the new master he left that county and I'se never heard from Tom since that day. We have good quarters. They was built down under a bluff and all the front end was rocked in our bed. They was built in one corner of the room and we have dry moss to sleep on.

I'se don't remember my great parents cause they was raised in Africa and they turn their children aloose when they gets four or five years old and lets them rustle for their selves. I'se never did very much work in slavery days. What work I did was cooking and hoeing. Master, he was a tobacco grower. He jest had a small crop every year. I'se never earned any money them days. I'se never saw any money until long time after freedom then I'se married before I ever knew what money was. Yessir, boss master he always had plenty to eat. He was a great hunter and have plenty deer meat, wild turkey, opossum, and some times he would kill a rabbit for his slaves cause they all like rabbit. Then we have corn bread, no flour bread. We cook our meat in


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