The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography - Vol. 5

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Miss Effie Cowan, P.W. March 26, 1938
McLennan County, Texas (No)
Dist. #8

Lee Hobby

"I wuz born in Comblin County, Ky. My pappy an' mammy wuz slaves of a man by de name of Hobby. I think de ole Massa wuz of de Hobby dat wuz de Governer of Texas people.

"We lived on a plantation in Kentucky an' de ole Massa had a big house wid de quarters for de slaves down back of hit, dey wuz a little creek dat run back of de quarters an' dis is whar de w'ite an' de slave chillun played. De first dat I kin remember wuz how we used to go fishing in dis creek.

"My ole Massa an' Missus wuz de ole school kind of Presbyterians an' so dey did not believe in de young folks doing anything on a Sunday but goin' to church; if dey had company dey Jes stay at home an' dey would have dey singin's, wuz 'bout all dey did for dey good times on Sunday's.

"Some of de songs dey would sing would be de one 'bout "Out on de ocean sailin'", an' "De ole Ship of Zion". De young slave boys an' gals would gather in de quarters in de winter an' dey would sing an' play de Jews harp an' de flute made from de switches of de saplin's, dey would sing songs like de church songs of dat day an' de play songs.

"My mammy wuz sold twice from de Hobby's, de first time to a man by de name of Shed Ellis an' de next time to a man named Drapper. My pappy wuz sold to a man dat run de boats up an' down de Missippi.

"I will tell you de tales dat he tell us 'bout de boats w'en I tell you more 'bout de way dat we lived in Kentucky. De ole Massa in ole Kentuck had de race horses, an' I kin remember w'en I wuz a boy,

-1739-

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