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Walter Calloway, Birmingham, Alabama

Master John had a big plantation and lots of slaves. They treated us pretty good, but we had to work hard. Time I was ten years old I was making a regular hand behind the plow. Oh, yes Sir, Master John good enough to us and we get plenty to eat, but he had a overseer name Green Bush what sure whip us if we don’t do to suit him. Yes Sir, he mighty rough with us but he didn’t do the whipping himself. He had a big black boy name Mose, mean as the devil and strong as a ox, and the overseer let him do all the whipping. And, man, he could sure lay on that rawhide lash.

Walter Calloway
Walter Calloway
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