Slave Narratives: Black Indians

Texas "R" 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

 Rahls, Mary  Rains, Eda   Ramsey, Ella  Randall, Millie  Ransom, Daniel
 Rawls, Joe  Ray, Aaron
Surname was Jenkins
 Ray, Laura
photo with narrative  
 Redmoun, Laura

photo with narrative  
 Reece, Elsie
 Reese, Kitty
photo with narrative  
 Reynolds, Mary
 Rhymes, Will  Rice, George  Richardson, Henry
 Riley, Jack
Slave Owner

photo with narrative  
 Rimm, Walter
 Rivers, George  Robertson, Steve  Robinson, Fannie
 Robinson, J. A  Robinson, Mariah  Rogers, Ellen Rosborough, Ransom  Ross, Susan
 Row, Annie
photo with narrative  
 Ruffin, Gill

photo with narrative  
 Ruffin, Martin
 Ruffins, Florence
photo with narrative  
 Russel, Aaron
 Ryas, Peter  Ryles, Josephine      Amazing Grace

Total: 32

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