Slave Narratives

from the Rawick Papers, Series 5
Fred Forbes

Personal History of Informant
NAME OF WORKER Albert Burks, ADDRESS 239 So. 20th
DATE December 14, 1938 SUBJECT American Folklore
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT Fred Forbes 717 C Street, Lin
coln, Nebraska
1. Ancestry. Negro
2. Place and date of birth. Knox County, Mo. 1866
3. Family. Three
4. Place lived in, with dates. Left Knox Co. Mo. in 1888; moved to Des Moines. Came to Lincoln 1906-1938.
5. Education, with, dates. None
6. Occupations and accomplishments, with dates. Packing house 1888-1905. Teamster 1906-1929. Nothing since present
7. Special skills and interests. Fishing
8. Community and religious activities. Methodist
9. Description of informant. Tall angular mulatto, hair pure white

NAME OF WORKER Albert Burks ADDRESS 239 So. 29th.
DATE December 14, 1938 SUBJECT American Folklore
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT. 'Fred Forbes, 717 C -Street, Lin
coln, Nebraska

"I'm seventy-two years old and was born in slavery, my mother said my daddy marched with his master with the Confederate army and both were killed. We stayed on at the farm after the emancipation because the mistress had always been good to us and she was' very poor after the war and needed us.

We've went out in the woods a many a time to bag quail, squirrels, possums and coons, because if we didn't there wouldn't be nothing to eat even at the big house of the mistress.

Mama was kind of a doctor and she went many times to assist in child-birth and other sicknesses.

Our mistress let us hold church at the colored quarters of her plantation and there was sure some big gathering. The preacher didn't charge in those days but we would have to feed them and give them a place to stay while they with us.

My mother had a special medicine for sore throats and colds that was used far and near. It consisted of the roots of wild lettuce, cider beans, the sap from maple trees, castor beans, and turpentine. It was made into a liquid and was a sure cure. As near as I can I make the same stuff when I get sick.


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