Slave Narratives: Black Indians

Texas "J" Surname Index


The WPA Narratives

To the Readers: You may find some terms or phrases offensive. The narratives have been transcribed as written, although they contain statements that may not be politically correct for the year 2000, they were terms used in the early 1900 (and even today) by all races.I am proud to say I am a Freedmen descendant, therefore to change their words would be a disservice to them, myself and to those who seek the truth.

Transcribed by Eleanor Wyatt : All names; Slaves, Slave owners and family members of both have been highlighted.

The narratives were copied word for word including most of the misspellings that occurred in the original. The spelling errors give some sense that the Federal Writers' Project employed writers who may have been somewhat less than Professionals

In this Texas collection there are interviews with over 600 ex-slaves, as well as interviews with whites old enough at the time to have remembered slavery. All narratives that displayed even the slightest change from those originally published have been included; in all but a few cases the changes are substantive. The interviews with whites provide a contrasting backdrop against which to read the ex-slave narratives. A few of the ex-slaves were interviewed together with a spouse or some other close relative, and in those cases two ex-slaves are presented. To view some of the items deleted for the ex-slaves narratives click the Dove at the bottome of this page

 Jackson, Alex
photo with narrative  
 Jackson, Carter
  Jackson, Ed  Jackson, Gus
photo with narrative  
 Jackson, James
 Jackson, Maggie  Jackson, Martin  Jackson, Nancy  Jackson, Richard
photo with narrative  
 James, John
 James, Joseph  Jameson, Hannah  Jefferson, Lydia  John, Zeno  Johns, Thomas
*Johns, Mrs. Thomas
 Johnson, Charley
photo with narrative  
 Johnson, Gus
 Johnson, Harry  Johnson, Henry
photo with narrative  
 Johnson, James
 Johnson, Jim  Johnson, Liza  Johnson, Mary
African History:

photo with narrative  
 Johnson, Mary Ellen

photo with narrative  
 Johnson, Pauline
& Her sister: Boudreaux, Felice
 Johnson, Richard  Johnson, Sallie
photo with narrative  
  Denied Freedmen

Johnson, Spence
 Texas History
Johnson, Steve
 Texas & Indian History
Jones, Anderson
 Born in Africa
Jones, Bud
 Jones, Green
photo with narrative  
 Jones, Harriet

photo with narrative  
 Jones, Lewis
 Jones, Liza

photo with narrative  
 Jones, Lizzie
 Jones, Lottie  Jones, Martha  Jones, Steve  Jones, Toby
 Jordan, Dempsey        Amazing Grace

Total: 41

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