Sarah H. Locke

Sarah Locke’s enslaver kept never sold enslaved persons.  He instead kept them within his own family.   In this excerpt, she describes an account of the KKK coming to her plantation and the reason why none of the enslaved persons was attacked during this time.
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She remembers one night the slaves were having a dance in one of the cabins, a band of Ku Kluxers came and took all the firearms they could find, but no one was hurt. However, it did not take long for them to find out why. Another night when the Kluxers were riding, the slaves recognized the voice of their young master. That was the reason why the Keephart slaves were never molested.

Formerly enslaved person
Birth Year (Age)Interviewer
WPA Volunteer
Enslaver’s Name
Sarah H. Locke1859Anne PritchettJacob Keephart
Interview LocationResidence StateBirth Location
IndianaIndianaWoodford County, KY
Themes & KeywordsAdditional Tags:
ViolenceThird Person, Klan violence


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