Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Gardenia Banta]
Up here folks (Negroes) go on about Myles Paige and Watson (Negro justices). My father was a magistrate. He was a magistrate on the east side of Savannah. Everybody called him Judge Matthews...His name was William Henry Matthews and my mother was Mary Matthews...Colonel Woodhouse was magistrate on the west side...Yes, Colonel Woodhouse was a Negro. Everybody knew Judge Matthews and Colonel Woodhouse. Colonel DeVoe was another colored man everybody knew. My father was elected for two terms — they had four year terms — and following that Jamison (another Negro) got it. After that my father was transferred to the Port of Customs in Brunswick, Ga. They still called him Judge in Brunswick. Everywhere he went they called him Judge...That was right after Benjamin Harrison's time and Arthur was vice-president...(She got up to look for a calendar which she had giving the names and dates of office of all the presidents.