Slave Narrative of Vera Roy Bobo

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson
Person Interviewed: Vera Roy Bobo (Mulatto, almost white)
Location: Holly Grove, Arkansas
Age: 68

“My parents come from Macon, Georgia. My mother was Margaret Cobb. Her people were owned by the Cobbs. They reared her. She was a house girl and a seamstress. She sewed for both white and black. She was light color.

“My father was St. Roy Holmes. He was a C.M.E. preacher in Georgia and later in Arkansas. He came on the train to Forrest City, 1885. He crossed the Mississippi River on a ferry boat. Later he preached at Wynne. He was light color.

“I never heard them say very much about slavery. This was their own home.

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“My husband’s father was the son of a white man also—Randall Bobo. He used to visit us from Bobo, Mississippi. The Bobo a owned that town and were considered rich people. My husband was some darker and was born at Indian Bay, Arkansas. He was William Bobo. I never knew him till two months before I married him. We had a home wedding and a wedding supper in this house.”


Surnames:
Bobo, Cobbs, Holmes,

Topics:
Slave Narrative,

Collection:
Federal Writers' Project. WPA Slave Narratives. Web. 2007.

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