The following data is extracted from Arkansas Slave Narratives.
Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden Person interviewed: Frances Smith 2224 Havis Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas Age: 77
"I specs I was born in slavery times. I remember seein' the Yankees. That was in Mississippi. I'm seventy-seven-that's my age.
"Spencer Bailey was old master. Just remember the name was 'bout the biggest thing I knowed about. I seen him all right but I didn't know much about him 'cept his name.
"Mother belonged to him, yes'm.
"I tell you the truf, what little I used to remember I done forgot it. I just didn't try to keep up with it. I wasn't concerned and just didn't try to keep up with it.
"I know our folks stayed there a while. First place we went to after the War was Tennessee.
"I don't know how long I been here-I been here a time though.
"Yes'm, I went to school several terms.
"I was married in Arkansas. My folks heard about Arkansas bein' such a rich country, so they come to Arkansas.
"I farmed a long time and then I done housework.
"Deal a times I don't know what to think of this younger generation. I sits down sometimes and tries to study 'em out, but I fails.
"Well, what the old folks goin' to get out of this?"
Source: Arkansas Slave Narratives