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Clayton Peg Leg Bates Clayton Bates was born in 1907 in Fountain Inn South Carolina As a young boy he worked in the cotton fields and his mother was a nurse for a white family Clayton hated his job though and his true love was dancing Some days he would secretly go to the local barber shop and dance for the rich white men for some extra money until one day when his mother found out and dragged him home Clayton always went back though because he loved the extra money and most of all he loved to dance At the age of eleven Clayton got sick of his job in the cotton fields He claimed that the job wasnt 9 to 5 it was can to cant He pleaded with his mother to let him go to work in the cottonseed mill but she wouldnt let him because she felt he was too young to be working in a dangerous factory After enough reasoning his mother agreed to let him go to work in the cottonseed mill where he worked on top of a cottonseed pile His job was to push the cottonseed so that it flowed down into the conveyor where it was ground into meal On only his second day at the job Clayton slipped and fell into the conveyor with the cottonseed and fell into the auger which crushed his leg and 2 fingers on his right hand Since black people were not allowed into most hospitals at the time Bates was forced to have his leg amputated on his mothers kitchen table Clayton refused to let this slow him down and with a wooden peg leg his uncle made for him he ran five miles every day jumping over ditches and whatever obstacles he met After close to a year and a half Clayton was
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