Manuscripts/Mixed Material [E. W. Evans, Brick Layer & Plasterer]
“I have worked at my trade until I got too old to work. Of course, now I do a little piddling ‘round, nothin' much though, for you can see I'm a old man and can't do much.
“I helped build Stone Hall and the Work Shop on the Atlanta University campus. It is now used by the Morris Brown College since they changed to the Atlanta University System. I worked with Alex Hamilton and Son in the year 1888 in the building trade. I had a lot of building in College Park in the Military School. I wuz never idle, as there wuzn't so many brick layers and plasterers at that time. I kept quite busy. I did brick work on the Y. M. C. A. building, under Alex Hamilton. No, I don't recall any special handicap or discrimination in my building, except in the early eighties, when there wuz but few Negroes working as brick layers and plasters, I experienced somewhat a handicap being colored. This wuz when buildin' wuz low and I worked under a white contractor. No matter how good a Negro wuz he wuz the last to be hired and then he wuz given some minor job. I saw that even if a Negro wuz a better brick layer, all the white workers wuz given the first jobs and after they wuz all supplied, then the Negro workers got what wuz left.
“Most all of the brick layers that wuz active when I wuz young are dead now.
“My wife wuz born in Cassville, after the war. She is seventy-five years old though. We wuz born about one hundred miles apart. She has been in Atlanta since a little girl. I bet she could give you a good story herself. We had nine children and seven of them live now. My baby is over 35 years old. He lives in the house with me and my wife. So you see I'm a old man, having a baby