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Slave Narrative of Frank Bates

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Person Interviewed: Frank Bates
Location: Dade County, Florida

Frank Bates, 367 N.W. 10th Street, Miami, Florida was born on Hugh Lee Bates’ farm in Alabama in the country not very far from Mulberry Beat.

“My mother and father lived on the same plantation, but I was too little to do more than tote water to the servants in the fields.

“I saw Old Bates whip my mother once for leaving her finger print in the pone bread when she patted it down before she put it into the oven.

“I remember seeing Lundra, Oscar and Luke Bates go off to war on three fine horses. I dont know whether they ever came back or not, for we moved that same day.”

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