Manuscript/Mixed Material Will Dill, Spartanburg, South Carolina, May 19, 1937

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Project 1885-1
Spartanburg Dist.4
June 3, 1937


Edited by:
Elmer Turnage

Upon learning where an ex-slave lived, the writer walked up
to a house on Pickenpack street where two old colored men were
sitting on the front porch. Asked if one of them was named 'Will
Dill', the blacker of the two motioned to himself and said,
"Come here, come in and have a seat," at the same time
touching the porch awing beside him.
He acknowledged that he lived in slavery days, "but was a
small boy, walking and playing around at that time".

His master

was Zeek Long, who lived in Anderson County not far from "Three
and Twenty Mile Creek* and used to ask him:- what the rooster
said, what the cow said, what the pig said; and used

to get a

a great deal of amusement out of his kiddish replies and imitation of each animal and fowl, from his own calculation, he figured he was born in 1862 in the home of his mother who was owned
by Zeek Long. His father, also, was owned by the same master, but
lived in another house. He remembers when the Yankees came by and
asked for something to eat. When they had gotten this, they went
to the corn crib, which was chock full of corn, and took the corn
out, shucked it, and gave it to their horses. All the good horses
had been hidden in the woods and only tow or three old poor ones
were left in the stables, but the Yankees did not take these for
they only wanted good horses. He remembers seeing the patrollers
coming around and checking up on the niggers'. He had an uncle
who used to slip off ever^y night and go to see some colored girl.
He had a path that he followed in going to her house.

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