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Slave Narrative of Margaret White

Person Interviewed: Margaret White
Location: Dade County, Florida
Age: 84

Margaret White, 6606 18th Ave., Liberty City, Miami, Florida is one of those happy creatures who doesn’t look as if she ever had a care in the world. She speaks good English:

“I am now 84 years old, for I was 13 when the Emancipation Proclamation was made. It didn’t make much difference to me. I had a good home and was treated very nicely.

“My master was John Eckels. He owned a large fruit place near Federal, N.C.

“My father was a tailor and made the clothes for his master and his servants. I was never sold. My master just kept me. They liked me and wouldn’t let me be sold. He never whipped me, for I was a slave, you know, and I had to do just as I was told.

“I worked around the house doing maid’s work. I also helped to care for the children in the home.”

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