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Slave Narrative of Fannie McCay

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Person Interviewed: Fannie McCay
Location: Dade County, Florida
Age: 73

Fannie McCay, 1720 NW 3rd Court, Miami, Florida was born on a plantation while her father and mother were slaves; she claims her age is 73 years which would make her too young to remember “mancipation” but nevertheless she was slave property of her master and could have been sold or given away even at that tender age. Her parents, too, “stayed on” quite a while after the “mancipation”.

Being one of those who “didn’t have too much time to talk too much,” her main statement was:

“‘Bout all hi ken ‘member is dat hi hused go hout wid de old folks when dey went out to pick cotton. Hi used to pick a little along.

“I had plenty to eat and when we went away, my Massy had a little calf that I liked so well. I begged my Massy to give it to me, but he never gave me none.”

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