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My Story as a Slave Childhood Years I was born in 1834 on a large plantation that contained over a thousand acres and over one hundred enslaved souls located thirty some old miles south east of Atlanta Georgia I was descended from imported Africans and probably from some of the darkest of the native race Darker than most of my fellow slaves on this plantation My master is a well-known man who has deep roots in the state of Georgia It is rumored that he has property in other states and he is involved with workings of the government as well Some of my earliest memories of childhood were of being an unkempt child I remember my ma trying her might to comb out my hair with everything imaginable to attempt to present an array of neatness I think that it was a loss cause because soon after her attempts I would be back out into the barn playing in the same stuff I would find myself back into the same demise of her scolding me while she used her instrument of torture on my head I only had a meager set of clothes The only attire that I had were a pair of woolen britches that have been covered with patch upon patch The only way that I knew it was made of wool was the roughness of the material that it rubs against my skin Oh I remember so vividly how they made the unbearable heat of summer feel like a red-hot branding iron searing my legs The shirt what I had was in the same condition as the pants with the patches that holds the material together There were layers of sweat stains that covered the entire shirt The material was of the left over product of cotton called flex A rough and stiff by-product of the process of cleaning and combing the cotton in preparation to be made
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