Weathers, Annie Mae
The following data is extracted from Arkansas Slave Narratives.
Interviewer: Pernella Anderson Person interviewed: Annie Mae Weathers East Bone Street El Dorado, Ark. Age: ?
"I was born bout the second year after surrender right down here at Caledonia. Now the white folks that ma and pa and me belonged to was named Fords. We farmed all the time. The reason we farmed all the time was because that was all for us to do. You see there wasn't nothin' else for us to do. There wasn't no schools in my young days to do no good, and this time of year we was plowin' to beat the band and us always planted corn in February and in April our corn was.
"We fixed our ground early and planted early and we had good crops of everything. We went to bed early and rose early. We had a little song that went like this:
Early to bed and early to rise Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
The early bird catches the worm. Cooked breakfast every morning by a pine torch.
"I member hearin' my pa say that when somebody come and hollowed: 'Yer niggers is free at last' say he just dropped his hoe and said in a queer voice: 'Thank God for that.' It made old miss and old moss so sick till they stopped eating a week. Pa said old moss and old miss looked like their stomach and guts had a law suit and their navel was called in for a witness, they was so sorry we was free.
"After I got a good big girl I was hired out for my clothes and something to eat. My dresses was made out of cotton stripes and my chemise was made out of flannelette and my under pants was made out of homespun.
"Our games was 'Honey, honey Bee,' 'Ball I can't Yall,' and a nother one of our games was 'Old Lady Hypocrit.'"
Source: Arkansas Slave Narratives