02 My Early Life

My Early Life





I was born on a plantation in Franklin County Virginia. I don't know the exact place and time. But I I've been told that it was in a log cabin near a crossroads post-office called Hale's Ford. It must have been around 1858 or 1859.

I know almost nothing about my family's history. In slavery days, very little attention was paid to the family history of Black folks. I do remember that my mother had a half brother and a half sister. I also remember hearing old folks' whispered conversations in the slave quarters. Many of them were about the tortures that Blacks had to suffer in the slave ships that brought them from Africa to America. I am sure that my ancestors on my mother's side endured that trip, which is known as the middle passage.