Manuscript/Mixed Material Perry Lewis, Baltimore, Maryland

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pt. 4, 1937



(Stories from ex-slaves)

PERRY" LEWIS, Ex-slave

Reference: Personal interview with Perry Lewis, ex-slave, at his home,
1124 E# Lexington St., Baltimore

"I was born on Kent Island^ about 86 years ago#
name was Henry and mother's Louise*

My fatherTs

I had one brother John, who was

killed in the Civil War at the Deep Bottcm, one sister as I can remember .

My father was a freeman and my mother a slave, owned by Thomas

Tolson, who owned a small farm on vrihich I v/as born in a log cabin, with
two rooms, one up and one down*




As you know the mother was the owner of the children that she

brought into the world*

Mother being a slave made me a slave

She cooked

and worked on the farm, ate whatever was in the farmhouse and did her share
of work to keep and maintain the Tolsons*

They being poor, not having a

large place or a number of slaves to increase their wealth, made them little
above the free colored people and with no knowledge, they could not teach me
or any one else to read*

You know the Eastern Shore of Maryland was in the most productive

slave territory and where farming was done on a large scale; and in that
part of Maryland there there were many poor people and many of whom were
employed as overseers, you naturally heard of patrollers and we had them
and laiiy of them.

I have heard that patrollers were on Kent Island and

the colored people would go out in the country on the roads, create a disturbance, to attract the patrollers1 attention*

They wo^ld tie ropes, and

when: the patrolled^





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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.
81 pages
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Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA)
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