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Nearly all of the interviewers were white southerners and most of them were women. Far too often the tone and even the content of the interv...

JOSH TARBUTTON, age 100, EX-SLAVE, in Walthall County. (1930's WPA photograph, courtesy Mississippi Department of Archives and History.)

LEWIS JONES, 86, WAS BORN A SLAVE in Fayette Co., Texas. Lewis' father was born a Slave and was sold to Fred Tate, who used him as a breeder to build up his Slave stock. Lewis took his father's name after Emancipation. (Texas Slave Narratives, ca. 1936-1938)

Wes Brady, ex-slave, Marshall, Texas. Forms part of: Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collections. Date 4 December 1937