Slave Narrative of Annie Gail

Person Interviewed: Annie Gail
Location: Dade County, Florida

Annie Gail, 1661 NW 6th Court, Miami, Florida, was four years old when “peace came.”

“I was borned on Faggott’s place near Greenville, Alabama. My mother, she worked for Faggott. He wuz her bossman. When she’d go out to de fiel’s, I ‘member I used to watch her, for somehow I wuz feared she would get away from me.

“Now I ‘member dat jes ez good as ’twas yesterday. I didn’t do anything. I just runned ’round.

“We just ‘stayed on’ after de’ ‘Mancipation’. My mother, she was hired then. I guess I wuzn’t ‘fraid ob her leavin’ after dat.”


Surnames:
Faggott, Gail,

Collection:
Federal Writers' Project. WPA Slave Narratives. Web. 2007-2024. The WPA Slave Narratives must be used with care. There is, of course, the problem of confusion in memory resulting from (73+ years) of the participants. In addition, inexperienced interviewers sometimes pursued question lines related to their own interests and perspectives and attempted to capture the colloquialism of the informant's speech. The interviews provide fascinating insight and surprisingly candid information, however.

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