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Re: "Red Over Black"...PHYLLIS PETITE
In Response To: Re: "Red Over Black"...PHYLLIS PETITE ()
Phyllis Pettit's interview is also found on the African-Native American website at the link below.
In her interview with the WPA, she also described how Cherokees sold slaves, and similar to southern slavery at times families were split and sold for profit as well.
"My husband was George Petite. He tell me his mammy
She also describes the sale of slaves in her own family as well:
"My mammy and pappy belonged to a part Cherokee
"Mammy's name was Letitia Thompson and Pappy's
This was the time prior to the Civil War, and the lives of the slaves held uncertainty as much as it did also for slaves in the United States. It is encouraging to know that Phyllis Pettit did at least meet one of her siblings sold away from the family. It is not known whether her husband ever had the privilege of seeing his mother anymore after slavery ended. Clearly, all slave were not told about their freedom immediately, either, as she described the women chopping wood, still enslaved:
"When we first went to Four Mile Creek, I seen
Truly the enlaved people whether of American citizens or of Indians, the uncertainty and frail status of their lives makes one reflect. The Freedmen would have many issues pertinent to their status in the Territory for several decades, and unlike ex-slaves in the United States, who were granted citizenship in the US by the 14th Amendment, the Indian Territory Freedmen would not obtain American citizenship until Oklahoma statehood in 1907.