Manuscript/Mixed Material Wallace Davis, Newberry, South Carolina

About this Item

Project 1885 -1-



Spartanburg, S.C.
May 29,1937


"I was a slave of Bill Davis who lived at
"Rich Hill", near Indian Creek, in dewberry County, S.C.
born about 1856, I reckon.
mammy was Rhody Davis.

I was

My daddy was Ivasum Davis and my

Marse Bill was a good master, lived in

a big house, give us a good place to live and plenty to eat.
He hardly ever whipped us, and was never cruel to us.

He didn!t

let his overseer whip us, and never hit a man.

Aw, we had good eats den.

Wish I has some

of dem old* ash-cakes now which was cooked in de brick oven or in
de ashes in de fireplace.

My mistress had a big garden, and

give us something to eat out of it.

We used to go hunting, and

killed possums, rabbit, squirrels, and birds*

We bad home-made clothes Hill I was big


Dey was made from card and spin wheels.

0ur work was light; we got up at sun-up

at blowing of de horn and worked till sundown.
worked on Saturday afternoons when we had to.

Sometimes we
On Saturday

nights we had frolics - men and women.

Some women would wash

their clfcthes on Saturday afternoons* *

Den at night we have

prayer meetings.
"We had no church on our plantation, not
till after freedom, but


learned to read and write and spell.

"De padderrolers didn't bother us; our
master always give us a pass when we go anywhere.

About this Item

Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 14, South Carolina, Part 1, Abrams-Durant
-  Includes narratives by Albert Carolina, Alice Duke, Anderson Bates, Andy Brice, Anne Bell, Anne Broome, Bouregard Corry, C.B. Burton, Caleb Craig, Caroline Bevis, Charley Barber, Charlie Davis, Dinah Cunningham, Ed Barber, Elias Dawkins, Ezra Adams, Frances Andrews, Frank Adamson, George Ann Butler, George Briggs, Gordon Bluford, Granny Cain, Hagar Brown, Heddie Davis, Henry Brown, Henry Coleman and His Wife, Evvie, Henry Davis, Isabella Dorroh, Isaiah Solbert(?) Butler, Jane Bradley, Jesse Davis, John Boyd, John C. and Adeline Brown, John Collins, John Davenport, Josephine Bacchus, Josephine Bristow, Laura Caldwell, Laurence Downing, Lizzie Davis, Louisa Collier, Louisa Davis, Lucy Daniels, Maggie Black, Margaret Bryant, Maria Cleland, Mary Adams, Mary Frances Brown, Millie Barber, Millie Bates, Moses Davenport, Mrs. M. E. Abrams, Nelson Cameron, Pete Arthur, Peter Clifton, Rev. Tuff Coleman, Samuel Boulware, Sara Brown, Savilla Burrell, Silva Durant, Silvia Chisolm, Solbert Butler, Solomon Caldwell, Sylvia Cannon, Sylvia Durant, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Dixon, Tom Chisolm, Victoria Adams, Wallace Davis, Washington Dozier, Welcome Bees, Will Dill, William Ballard, William Henry Davis.
-  Interviews were conducted by Annie Ruth Davis, Augustus Ladson, Caldwell Simms, Cassels R. Tiedeman, Everett Pierce, F. S. DuPre, G. Leland Summer, H. Grady Davis and Mrs. Lucille Young, Henry Grant, Jessie A. Butler, Martha S. Pickney, Mrs. Genevieve W. Chandler, Phoebe Faucette, Stiles M. Scruggs, and W. W. Dixon.
-  Interviews were conducted in Adams Run, Brittons Neck, Charleston, Claussens, Columbia, Conway, Estill, Florence, Gaffney, Georgetown County, Greenwood, Lena, Luray, Marion, Murrells Inlet, Murrell's Inlet, Newberry, Pomaria, Rion, Spartanburg, Timmonsville, Union, White Oak, Whitmire, and Winnsboro, South Carolina.
351 pages
Source Collection
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA)
Manuscript Division
Digital Id
Online Format
online text

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any copyright restrictions for the materials presented in this collection. U.S. Government employees created the materials in this collection. Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States, although they may be under copyright in some foreign countries. The persons interviewed or whose words were transcribed were generally not employees of the U.S. Government. Privacy and publicity rights may apply.

More information about American Memory, Copyright and other Restrictions.

Suggested credit line:

For digital images of typewritten narratives: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

For digital images of photographs: Library of Congress, [name of custodial division].

Note: Photographs in the online collection may originate from either the Prints and Photographs Division or the Manuscript Division. The record for each photograph specifies its custodial division.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 14, South Carolina, Part 1, Abrams-Durant. 1936. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

APA citation style:

(1936) Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 14, South Carolina, Part 1, Abrams-Durant. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 14, South Carolina, Part 1, Abrams-Durant. 1936. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

More Manuscripts/Mixed Material like this