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Slave Narrative of Jenny Greer

Person Interviewed: Jenny Greer
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Place of Birth: Florence, Alabama
Age: 84
Place of Residence: 706 Overton Street, Nashville, Tennessee

“Am 84 y’ars ole en wuz bawn in Florence, Alabama, ’bout seben miles fum town. Wuz bawn on de Collier plantashun en Marster en Missis wuz James en Jeanette Collier. Mah daddy en mammy wuz named Nelson en Jane Collier. I wuz named atter one ob mah Missis’ daughters. Our family wuz neber sold er divided.”

“I’se bin ma’ied once. Ma’ied Neeley Greer. Thank de Lawd I aint got no chilluns. Chilluns ez so bad now I can’t stand dem ter save mah life.”

“Useter go ter de bap’isin’s en dey would start shoutin’ en singin’ w’en we lef’ de chuch. Went ter deze bap’isin’s in Alabama, Memphis, en ‘yer in Nashville. Lawdy hab mercy, how we useter sing. Only song I members ez ‘De Ole Time ‘ligion.’ I useter go ter camp meetin’s. Eve’rbody had a jolly time, preachin’, shoutin’ en eatin’ good things.”

“We didn’t git a thing w’en we wuz freed. W’en dey said we wuz free mah people had ter look out fer demselves.”

“Don’ member now ’bout K.K.K. er ‘structshun days. Mah mammy useter tell us a lot ob stories but I’se fergot dem. I’se neber voted en dunno ob any frens bein’ in office.”

“No mam, no mam, don’t b’leeve in diff’ent colurs ma’rin. I member one ole sign-‘bad luck ter empty ashes atter dark.'”

“I’se hired out wuk’n in white folks house since freedum. I’se a widow now en live ‘yer wid mah neice en mah sistah.”

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