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Voices and Faces from the Collection
John W. Fields, Age 89

The narrative excerpts presented here are a small sample of the wealth of stories available in this online collection. Some narratives contain startling descriptions of cruelty while others convey an almost nostalgic view of plantation life. These narratives provide an invaluable first-person account of slavery and the individuals it affected. Although the African Americans who lived under slavery are no longer with us, their experiences remain due to these interviews recorded in the late 1930s by the Federal Writers' Project.

Sarah Frances Shaw Graves, Age 87
Sarah Gudger, Age 121
Charley Williams, Age 94
James Cape, Age over 100
Tempie Cummins, Age Unknown
William Moore, Age 82
Walter Rimm, Age 80