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Slave Narrative of Annie Trip

Person Interviewed: Annie Trip
Location: Dade County, Florida

“My name’s Annie Trip. How my name’s Trip, I married a Trip, but I was borned in Georgia in the country not so very far from Thomasville. I’m sure you must ha’ heard of Thomasville, Georgia. Well, that’s where I was borned, on Captain Hamlin’s plantation.

“Captain Hamlin, he was a greatest lawyer. Henry Hamlin, you know he was the greatest lawyer what ever was, so dey tell me. You see I was small. My mother and father and four brothers all lived there together. Some of the rest were too small to remember much, but dey wuz all borned dare just de samey. Wish I wuz dare right now. I had plenty of food then. I didn’t need to bother about money. Didn’t have none. Didn’t have no debts to pay, no bother not like now.

“Now I have rheumatism and everything, but no money. Didn’t need any money on Captain Hamlin’s plantation.” And Annie walked away complaining about rheumatism and no money, etc. before her exact age and address could be obtained.

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