Slave Narrative of Jack Simms

G. Monroe Dist. 4 Jefferson County

Interviewer: G. Monroe
Person Interviewed: Jack Simms
Location: Madison, Indiana
Place of Birth: Kentucky


Personal Interview

Mr. Simms was born and raised on Mill Creek Kentucky, and now lives in Madison Indiana on Poplar Street diagonally North West of the hospital.

He was so young he did no remember very much about how the slaves were treated, but seemed to regret very much that he had been denied the privilege of an education. Mr. Simms remembers seeing the lines of soldiers on the Campbellsburg road, but referred to the war as the “Revolution War”.

This was a very interesting old man, when we first called, his daughter invited us into the house, but her father wanted to talk outside where he “spit better”. When his daughter conveyed this information Mr. Simms’ immediately decided that we could come in as we “wouldn’t be there long anyhow”.

After we gained entrance, the daughter remarked that her father was very young at the time of the war, whereupon he answered very testily “If you are going to tell it, go ahead. Or am I going to tell it?”


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

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