|In this excerpt, which the interviewer records in the first person, Walter Rimm shares several stories of runaway enslaved people.
…You want to know about slavery? Well, a great deal happened besides that, but …
…My Pappy wasn’t afraid of anything. He is light colored from the white blood, and he ran away several times. There are big woods all around and we saw lots of runaways. One old fellow named John has been a runaway for four years and the [slave] patterroller tries all their tricks, but they can’t catch him. They wanted him badly, because it inspired other slaves to run away if he stays a-loose… One day I was in the woods and met a … run-awayer [runaway enslaved person]. He came to the cabin and Mammy made him a bacon and egg sandwich and we never saw him again. Maybe he did get clear to Mexico, where a lot of the slaves ran to.
Formerly enslaved person
|Birth Year (Age)
|Fort Worth, TX
|San Patricio County, TX
|Themes & Keywords
|Slave Patrollers, Resistance