The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 1) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 1) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 1) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 1) - Vol. 7

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241 - John Cameron, Ex-slave, Hinds County FC Mrs. D. W. Giles

John Cameron, ex-slave, lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in 1842 and was owned during slavery time by Howell Magee. He is five feet, and six inches tall, and weighs about one hundred and fifty pounds. His general coloring is a dark blackish brown with white kinkey hair. He is in fairly good health. This is what he tells of his life.

"I'se always lived right here in Hinds County, seen Jackson grow from de groun' up. My old Marster was de bes' man in de worl'. I jus' wish I could tell an' make it plain jus' how good him and old Mis' was. Marster was a rich man. He owned 'bout a thousand an' five hund'ed acres o' land, an' 'round a hund'ed slaves. His home was a big two-story white house wid lightening rods standin' all 'bout on de roof. Dis house set on top of a hill wid cool shady trees all 'round it. De slave cabins was across a valley from dere an' was built in rows. Us was 'lowed to sing, play de fiddles, an' have good times. Us had plenty t' eat, warm clo'es an' shoes in de winter time. De cabins was kep' in good shape. Us aint never min' workin' for old Marster cause us got good returns. Dat meant a good livin' an' being' taken care of.

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