I thought it appropriate to recognize Juneteenth on this forum this day. I've included a few excerpts from slave narratives which I thought were interesting. Along with the Betty Coleman narrative, the William Moore narrative is interesting because the slaves were involved in a small insurrection before Juneteenth arrives.
"One early mawnin', Mawster Robertson come to our cabin door and said with much sadness: 'John and Uncle Jeff, I've come to tell you all somethin'. Yo'-all is as free today as I am.'
"Then he broke down and cried. My folks also broke down. Fathaw tol' Mawster Robertson: 'Well, I don' know whut we're a-goin' to do.'
"When he was able to talk, Mawster Robertson said: 'Well, John, I'll give yo'-all half of all the food we got, till yo'-all git a job; and, now, when yo'-all go out and work fo' somebody, don' work fo' nothin', cause yo'-all is as free as anybody. Yo'-all kin stay here until yo' find a job.'
"About this time, Mrs. Dellie come up. Mothaw said: 'Mrs. Dellie, whut yo' goin' to do fo' a cook?'
"Mrs. Dellie fell on mama and cried. It was somethin' pitiful. She said: 'Violet, I don' know whut I'm goin' to do.' . . .
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Narrative Begins: William Moore was born a slave of the Waller family, in Selma, Alabama, about 1855. His master moved to Mexia, Texas