Slave Narrative of Bettie Suber

Interviewer: G. Leland Summer
Person Interviewed: Bettie Suber
Date of Interview: May 18, 1937
Location: Newberry, South Carolina
Place of Birth: Newberry County, SC

“I was born near old Bush River Baptist Church in Newberry County, S.C. This was the white folks’ church, but the colored folks have a Bush River church in that section now. I was grown when the war started. I was a slave of Bonny Floyd. He was a good man who owned several slaves and a big farm. I was the house-girl then, and waited on the table and helped around the house. I was always told to go to the white folks’ church and sit in the gallery.

“When the Patrollers was started there, they never did bother Mr. Bonny’s slaves. He never had any trouble with them, for his slaves never run away from him.

“The Ku Klux never come to our place, and I don’t remember seeing them in that section.

“We took our wheat to Singley’s Mill on Bush River to be ground. We made all our flour and grain. We plowed with horses and mules.

“I am an old woman, sick in bed and can’t talk good; but glad to tell you anything I can.”

Floyd, Suber,

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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