Mississippi Slave Narratives
In the late 1930s, Federal Writers as part of the Works Project Administration (WPA) recorded the life stories of more than 10,000 men and women from a variety of regions, occupations and ethnic groups. An important part of this project was the interviews of the surviving ex-slaves.
The MSGenWeb Project, a division of the USGenWeb Project, has attempted to collect as many of the interviews done of Mississippi residents who were born in slavery as we can. If you know of any we have missed, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to include it.
African-American Research is extremely difficult because of the lack of historical records before the Civil War. We hope this project will be of some help to researchers of those of African-American ancestry. While we are aware of what is and is not politically correct today, we are dealing with historical data and all data on this site is transcribed exactly as written and no offense is meant and none should be taken.
The Index of ex-slaves includes the Mississippi County, if known, listed beside the name.
NOTE: Remember many of the slave owner's names are mentioned in these narratives also!
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Name of Interviewee County or Counties Associated Ben Lewis Adams Hamp Kennedy Adams Charlie Davenport Adams Charity Jones Amite Filmore Ramsey Amite Jane Louis Amite Levi Ashley Amite James Washington Amite & Pike Oliver Jones Amite, Lincoln & Copiah Edd Roby Attala Porter Bond Bolivar Hattie Sugg Calhoun Ike Woodward Calhoun Cindy Anderson Carroll Elbert Myers Carroll Frances Patterson Chickasaw Abe Kelley Choctaw Henrietta Murray Choctaw Henry Murray Choctaw Jack Aldredge Choctaw Rube Montgomery Choctaw Gabe Emanuel Claiborne J. P. T. Montgomery Claiborne Nancy Robinson Claiborne George Coleman Clay Jim Allen Clay Callie Washington Coahoma Calline Brown Coahoma Julius Jones Coahoma Mark Oliver Coahoma Louis Davis Coahoma Evie Herrin Copiah Mary Ann Kitchen Copiah Milton Lackey Copiah Robert Young Copiah Simon Durr Copiah Robert Laird Copiah & Hinds Mack Henderson Copiah & Warren Henry Warfield Copiah, Hinds and Warren Jane Morgan Forrest & Jasper Betsy Cotton (Calcote) Franklin Isaac Stier Franklin Kisanna Middleton Franklin Liza McGhee Franklin Rina Brown Franklin Adaline Montgomery Harrison Florence Green Harrison Frank Childress (photo Included) Harrison George Washington Ramsay Harrison Henri Necaise Harrison James Augustus Holmes Harrison Louis J. Piernas Harrison Lucy Galloway Harrison Nathan Best (photo Included) Harrison Rosa Thomas Harrison Sarah Thomas Harrison George Reed Harrison Gus Clark Harrison Rachel Reed Harrison & Leake Anda Wood Hinds Edward Jones Hinds Ephraim Robinson Hinds John Cameron Hinds Laura Ford Hinds Myra Jones Hinds Temple Wilson Hinds Mollie Williams (includes photos) Hinds Dicy Windfield Hinds John Gilstrap Itawamba Angie Floyd Jackson Nat Plummer Jackson Lewis Wallace Jefferson Mary Jane Jones Jefferson Cyrus Bellus Jefferson Johanna Thompson Isom Lafayette Andrew Price Lauderdale Isaac Pringle Lauderdale Jeff Johnson Lauderdale Nettie Henry Lauderdale Simon Hare Lauderdale Wayne Holliday Lauderdale Jake Dawkins Lauderdale Susan Snow Lauderdale and Jasper Sam McAllum Lauderdale and Kemper Abe McKlennan Lawrence Charlie Powers Lawrence Salem Powell Lawrence Eugenia Weatherall Lee George Ward Lee Tom Hunley Leflore Aron Carter Lincoln Charlie Moses Lincoln Joe Bouy (Buie) Lincoln Lucy Thurston Lincoln Jerry Eubanks Lowndes Lorena Thomas Lowndes Aaron Jones Marshall Callie Gray Marshall Emma Johnson Marshall George Washington Albright Marshall Lizzie Polk Marshall Nora Goodwin Marshall Polly Turner Cancer Marshall Henry Walton Marshall and Pontotoc Dora Franks Monroe Molly Vance Monroe Turner Jacobs Monroe Victoria Randle Lawson Monroe Pet Franks Monroe Clara C. Young Monroe Alex McCinney Montgomery Bell McChristian Montgomery Andrew Jackson Jarnigan Noxubee Frances Cobb Noxubee Mandy Jones Noxubee Henry Gibbs Oktibbeha Mollie Hatfield Oktibbeha Sara Green Oktibbeha Dave Walker Panola Duncan McCarstle Panola Edwin Walker Panola George Washington Miller Panola Harriet Walker Panola Lincoln Watkins Panola Sally Dixon Panola Sarah Patterson Panola Silas Knox Panola Susan Jones Panola William McCarty Panola Ben Richardson Pearl River Charlie Bell (photo Included) Pearl River & Lauderdale Jeff Rayford Pearl River Fanny Smith Hodges Pike Harriett Miller Pike Henry McGaffey Pike James Cornelius Pike July Ann Halfen Pike Laura Montgomery Pike Lawrence Evans Pike Nelson Dickerson Pike Orris Harris Pike Sarah Felder Pike Tom Morris Pike Barney Alford Pike Ann Drake Pike & Franklin Emmeline Trott Pontotoc Lizzie Norfleet Quitman Lucy Donald Rankin Robert Weathersby Rankin Dave Weathersby Rankin & Lawrence Berry Smith Scott Albert Cox Simpson Manda Boggan Simpson Allen Ward Simpson Emily Dixon Simpson George Weathersby Simpson Glasgow Norwood Simpson Isaac Potter Simpson Jane Strickland Simpson Jane Sutton Simpson Julia Cox Simpson Julia Stubbs Simpson Liza Strickland Simpson Manda Edmonson Simpson Manus Robinson Simpson Minerva Grubbs Simpson Steve Weathersby Simpson Sylvia Floyd Simpson Tom Floyd Simpson Tony Cox Simpson Wash Hayes Simpson Foster Weathersby Simpson & Lawrence Isom Weathersby Simpson & Lawrence Wesley Little Smith Andrew Jackson Gill Unknown Chaney Mack Unknown Tom Wilson (photo Included) Unknown Alex Montgomery Walthall Hattie Jefferson Walthall Lewis Jefferson Walthall Benjamin T. Green Warren Florida Hewitt Warren Isaiah T. Montgomery Warren Rebecca Phillips Warren Jim Archer Warren Ruben Fox Washington Charlie Jordan Wayne Riley Moore Webster Spart Quinn Webster Phillis Fox Webster & Calhoun Charlie Holman Webster and Choctaw Rose Holman (photo Included) Webster and Choctaw James Lucas Wilkinson & Adams Dempsey Pitts Yalobusha Mattie Dillworth Yalobusha Prince Johnson Yazoo Mollie Edmonds Yazoo
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