Location: Wilson North Carolina

Slave Narrative of Blount Baker

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Blount Baker Location: 106 Spruce Street, Wilson, North Carolina An interview with Blount Baker, 106 Spruce Street, Wilson, North Carolina. Yes’um, I ‘longed ter Marse Henry Allen of Wilson County an’ we always raise terbacker. Marse Henry wus good ter us so we had a heap of prayer meetin’s an’ corn shuckin’s an’ such. I ‘members de big meetin’s dat we’d have in de summer time an’ dat good singin’ we’d have when we’d be singin’ de sinners through. We’d stay pretty nigh all night to make a sinner come through, an’ maybe de week atter de meetin’ he’d steal one of his marster’s hogs. Yes’um, I’se had a bad time. You know, missy, dar ain’t no use puttin’ faith in nobody, dey’d fool you ever time anyhow. I know once a patteroller tol’ me dat iffen I’d give him a belt I found dat he’d let me go by ter see my gal dat night, but when he kotch me dat night he whupped me. I tol’ Marse Henry on him too so Marse Henry takes de belt away from him an’ gives me a possum fer hit. Dat possum shore wus good too, baked in de ashes like I done it. I ain’t never hear Marse Henry cuss but once an’ dat wus de time dat some gentlemens come ter de...

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Theodore C. Tilghman

Major, 2nd Btn., 322nd Inf., 81st Div. Born in Wilson, N.C.; the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Tilghman. Husband of Mrs. Margaret Tilghman. Entered the service May 12, 1917, at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed to France July 30, 1918. Promoted to rank of Capt. Aug. 15, 1917, and to rank of Major July 8, 1918. Fought at Argonne. Received the French Cross of War March, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 26,...

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