Manuscripts/Mixed Material [E. W. Evans, Brick Layer & Plasterer]
“I said I wuz born a slave but I wuz too young to know much about slavery. I wuz the property of the Hill family from 1855 to 1865, when freedom wuz declared and they said we wuz free.
“My master had four sons, three of them went to the army. Legree Hill, the youngest son, went to the war at the age of eighteen years. He wuz killed in the Kennesaw mountains. His mother seemed sad over his going because he was too young and ran off and went. A sharpshooter killed him. His father went for him. He wuz buried in the Yankee line, wrapped in a blanket. He had some of the money he had when he wuz killed, on him. He wuz dressed like a Yankee, in their uniform. Of course, nothing much wuz said about it, as I ‘member, cause he wasn't supposed to be a Yankee at all. He wuz fighting against the Yankees. When he wuz so stirred up to go to the war he told his mother that he wanted to go because he wanted to bring Lincoln's head back and he wuz going after his head.. He didn't get to come back. Another son, Clarence, a calvaryman, wuz the oldest son. He had two horses shot out from under him but he escaped himself.
“I left Madison and went to Athens, Georgia. I learned the trade of brick masonry and plasterin'. I moved to Athens on the second of April in 1877. I went there to work for a contractor, Nasus McGinty. I stayed in Athens from April, 1877, until August in 1880. I then moved to Atlanta. This wuz the beginning of life for me in Atlanta. I have been here ever since, working at my trade, except for short intervals I went out to work, out of town.
“I built this house in 1887 and moved in the same year on December 27. At first it had only two rooms but I've added to it until now we have ten or twelve rooms. My house now is somewhat larger than Colonel Hill's house where the family lived who owned us as slaves.