Fountain Hughes

Fountain Hughes

Fountain Hughes, whose father belonged to Thomas Jefferson, was enslaved in Central Virginia. He remembers that at Emancipation,

We had no home, you know. We was just turned out like a lot of cattle. You know how they turn cattle out in a pasture? Well after freedom, you know colored people didn’ have nothing. Colored people didn’ have no beds when they was slaves. We always slep’ on the floor, pallet here, and a pallet there. Jus like, uh, lot of, uh, wild people, we didn’, we didn’ know nothing. Didn’ allow you to look at no book. An’ there was some free-born colored people, why they had a little education, but there was very few of them, where we was.

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