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Slave Narrative of Allen V. Manning

Person Interviewed: Allen V. Manning Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Clarke County Mississippi Date of Birth: 1850 Age: 87 Occupation: Sells Milk I always been somewhar in the South, mostly in Texas when I was a young man, and of course us Negroes never got much of a show in court matters, but I reckon if I had of had the chance to set on a jury I would of made a mighty poor out at it. No sir. I jest can’t set in judgement on nobody, ’cause I learned when I was jest a little boy that good people and bad people, makes no difference which, jest keep on living and doing like they been taught, and I jest can’t seen to blame them none for what they do iffen they been taught that way. I was born in slavery, and I belonged to a Baptist preacher. Until I was fifteen years old I was taught that I was his own chattel-property, and he could do with me like he wanted to, but he had been taught that way too, and we both believed it. I never did hold nothing against him for being hard on Negroes sometimes, and I don’t think I ever would of had any trouble even if I had of growed up and died in slavery. The young Negroes don’t know nothing ’bout that today, and lots of them are rising up and amounting to something, and all us Negroes is proud of them. You see, it’s because they been taught that they got as good a show to be something as anybody,...

Biography of A. M. Whorton

A. M. Whortan, Superintendent of schools at Delaware, Nowata County, was born in McDonald County, Missouri, on the 8th of January, 1879, a son of C. O. and Isabelle (Hopper) Whortan, the former a native of Alabama and the latter of Missouri. When a youth the father removed from his native state to Arkansas and for many years he engaged in farming, achieving more than substantial success in that connection. He is now living in Fayetteville in retirement. Mrs. Whortan died in 1896. In the acquirement of an education A. M. Whortan attended the public schools of Missouri and in due time entered the Central State Normal School of Oklahoma. In 1916 he was graduated from that institution and became a student in the State University, receiving his A. B. degree that year. He has taught school since 1896 and at one time taught thirteen consecutive months. He has the record of never missing a day from his school work. In 1897 Mr. Whortan came to Oklahoma and taught in the schools of Jackson County until 1914. The following three years he was identified with educational work in Tillman County, and since 1917 he has been Superintendent of the Delaware schools. Mr. Whortan has been assisted in his professional career by his wife, who is primary supervisor of the Delaware schools and a woman of much culture and refinement. Since assuming the duties and responsibilities of Superintendent of schools, Mr. Whortan has made a noticeable improvement in the educational system here. In this position he succeeded A. L. Shattuck, under whose supervision the school had an enrollment of three...

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