Slave Narratives: Black Indians

Texas "S" 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

  Texas and Indian History
  Sadler, Felix

photo with narrative  
 Sanco, Mazique
  Sandles, Charlie

photo with narrative  
 Scales, Clarissa
 Scott, Dorsey
 Scott, Hannah  
  Scott, Tom
 Scranton, Mary
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 Sells, Abram
 Sells, George
 Selman, George  Sheed/Sneed, John  Shelby, Will
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 Shepherd, Callie
 Shine, Polly
 Showers, Marshall
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 Simmons, Betty

photo with narrative  
 Simmons, George
  Simpson, Ben
 Texas/ Indian History
  Simpson, Burke
 Simpson, Ike  
  Wife of Ben Simpson
  Simpson, Emma
 Sims, Amos  Sims, Green  Sinclair, Ellen

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  Smith, Giles
 Civil War History  
Smith, Henry

photo with narrative  
 Smith, James W

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 Smith, Jordon
 Smith, Louis
 Smith, Lucinda
photo with narrative  
 Smith, Millie Ann
 Smith, Robert F  Smith, Samuel  Smith,Susan
  Smith, William
photo with narrative  
 Snyder, Mariah
 Southwell, Patsy  Spinks, Lethan
 Stewart, Guy
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 Stone, William

photo with narrative  
 Stringfellow, Yach

photo with narrative  
 Strong, Bert
 Amazing Grace

Total: 44

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