The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 3

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 3

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 3

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 3

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Hattie Jane Brown

Hattie Jane Brown is supposed to be about 115 years of age. The McMahan negro family first made the acquaintance of Hattie Jane when she and her brother lived at Grandview, Texas; at which time she was well over 90 years old. After several years the brother died, and Hattie, who had no means of support, was taken by the McMahan family into their home, and has lived with them continuously since that time, a period of about thirteen years. (A)

Hattie's statement: "I was born near Woodville, Mississippi, March 8, 1822, er somewheres 'bout dat year. I don' 'member de name of my mahster. I'se so ol' I can't 'member things like I used to could. Use to I could tell you lots things 'bout de ol' slavery times, but it's jes' hard for me to 'member back that fur now. I 'member ol' mahster's wife wanted him to hang me 'cause she wanted my boy, and he tuk me out in de woods to hang me, but he conscience hurt him, and he said he wouldn' hang me 'cause he already nearly blind and he 'fraid de Lawd make him more blinder. I don' like to talk much of slavery times 'cause I wasn' treated ve'y well den. I 'members little 'bout de stars fallin'. Look like a mist. Dat's 'bout all I 'members 'bout it. I was married and had some chillun, but my husban' and dem all dead now far as I knows. All de res' my kinfolks, too, I reckon. I ain' ready to die. I wants to live a long time yet, and maybe I will. Ain't no tellin'." (B)

Reference: A - Interview with Viola McMahan (colored), Atlantic Street, Cleburne, Tex.

B - Interview with Hattie Jane Brown, ex-slave, Atlantic Street, Cleburne, Texas.

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