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Slave Narrative of Emoline Satterwhite

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Interviewer: G. Leland Summer
Person Interviewed: Emoline Satterwhite
Date of Interview: May 19, 1937
Location: Newberry, South Carolina

“I am bad-sick woman, in bed and can’t hardly talk and can’t ‘member much. I was born near Broad River in de Blair section. I belonged in slavery to de Blair family. My mudder and papa was Grace and Samuel Blair, and dey belonged to Capt. Blair. When dey was sold, I was put in de house wid a good free nigger woman to raise me and to stay ’till de war was over. Den I come to de Blair house, and helped around de house. My sisters could card, spin and weave, and I helped dem wid it. I didn’t have but one dress. When it got dirty, I went down to de creek and washed it and put it against de lims to dry, but I had to put it back on before it got good dry.

“When I got old enough, I worked in de field, hoeing and picking cotton.”

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