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Susan Merritt – A Childhood of Abuse

Susan Merritt was 87 years old at the time of her interview (1936-1938). She was born in Rusk County, Texas, but moved to Harrison County after she and her parents were freed. A bit of a warning - this narrative is, in parts, surprisingly brutal. That is to say that

Gus Johnson – Narrative of Slave Life in Texas

Gus Johnson was born a slave in Alabama, though most of his recorded memories are from Texas before and during the war. When interviewed between 1936-1938, he lived in a broken down lean-to in Beaumont, Texas, and had only a bed, trunk and stove for furniture. What follows is his