AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
How Did Free Blacks Live
Okay, so far, I know that my great grandfather Joel House was a carpenter, and the way things looked in the 1850 and the 1860 census he was free, doing his work and so forth. Watch some movies and you will see certain Blacks working for their living and they are not slaves, but free. Some ministers were considered free back then as well. Now, here is my thing that is in two questions?
(1) If any of your ancestors were free during slavery, what did they do for a living while still living in the South?
(2) Was that free ancestor's family free like him or slaves still on master's plantation? and,
(3) What were some of the disadvantages or advantages they had to face why being free?
These are just some questions that have crossed my mind, and I was just wondering. In the movie North and South, Antonio Fargas' character was selling fruit and stuff. The way it looked, he seemed as though he might have been free. I have seen in a few cases in the background of some of those same movies Blacks walking along some streets. Curious. Joseph
Joseph Evans -- Friday, 5 November 2004, at 8:13 a.m.