Manuscript/Mixed Material Caroline Hammond, Baltimore, Maryland

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in. n, 1938

(Ex-slave stories)
i; \: '*


(A fugitive)

Interview at her home, 4710 Falls Road, Baltimore, Md*

I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3

miles from South River in the year 1844*

The daughter of a free man and a

slave woman, who was owned by Thomas Davidson, a slave owner and farmer of
Anne Arundel

He had a large farm and about 25 slaves on his farm all of

whom lived in small huts with the exception of several of the household help
who ate and slept in the manor house#

My mother being one of the household

slaves, enjoyed certain privileges that the farm slaves did not*

She was

the head cook of Mr* Davidson1s household*
"Mr* Davidson and his family were considered people of high social
standing in Annapolis and the people in the county.

Mr* Davidson entertained

on a large scale, especially many of the officers of the Naval Adademy at
Annapolis and his friends from Baltimore*

Mrs* Davidson1 s dishes were con-

sidered the finest, and to receive an invitation from the Davidsons meant that
you would enjoy Maryland1 s finest terrapin and chicken besides the best wine
and champagne on the market*
"All of the cooking


supervised by mother, and the table was

waited on by Uncle Billie, dressed in a uniform, decorated with brass buttons,
braid and a fancy vest, his hands incased in white gloves*
standing at the door, after he had rung the bell#

I can see him now,

When the family and guests

came in he took his position behind Mr* Davidson ready to serve or to pass the
plates, after they had been decorated with meats, fowl or whatever was to be
eaten by the family or guest*

Mr# Davidson was very good to his slaves, treating them with every

consideration that he could, with the exception of freeing themj but Mrs# Davidson was hard on all the slaves, whenever she had the opportunity, driving them

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Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 8, Maryland, Brooks-Williams
-  Includes narratives by Alice Lewis, Annie Young Henson, Caroline Hammond, Charles Coles, Dennis Simms, George Jones, James Calhart James, James V. Deane, James Wiggins, Jim Taylor, Lucy Brooks, Mary James, Menellis Gassaway, Mrs. M. S. Fayman, Page Harris, Perry Lewis, Phillip Johnson, Rev. Silas Jackson, Rezin (Parson) Williams, Richard Macks, Thomas Foote, Tom Randall
-  Interviews were conducted by Ellen B. Warfield, Guthrie, Rogers, and Stansbury.
-  Interviews were conducted in Baltimore, Camp Parole, Cockeysville, Forest Glen, Oella, and Poolesville, Maryland.
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Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA)
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