Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Dark Side

“Next door to the Freemans on George Street was the Yerger house, a big two-story house where De La Beckwith lived with his uncle Willie, who wasn’t very bright, and his cousin Yerger Moorhead. Mama and Big and Mrs. Freeman … Continue reading

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Washington and Walthall, Part II

“Around on George Street where the Post Office now stands lived the Freemans. Miss Willie Freeman was strictly Old South, a very outspoken and staunch segregationist. She was ten years older than her husband, J.H.Freeman, and they had one son, … Continue reading

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Just South of Washington and Walthall

“On down Walthall lived the Saffolds and Joneses. Mrs. Saffold and Mrs. Jones were sisters, who had inherited money from their father but lived in the same old houses until Mrs. Jones died and Mrs. Saffold went to the nursing … Continue reading

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Washington and Walthall

“We had a lot of funny neighbors who would come to visit on our porch. Mimi McGehee was a tiny little lady who was deaf as a post and reminded you of a little chicken or bird. She was a … Continue reading

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Funerals as a Spectator Sport

“There was always a lot going on in our neighborhood since we were so close to the downtown area. One Saturday night we heard a lot of commotion up the street. Some Negroes had come out of the Paramount Theatre, … Continue reading

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Gliding Through the Depression

“In the summer we would all sit around in slips and housecoats on the front porch trying to stay cool. Big always had vines covering the porch, and no one could see in, although we could always see out. Bama … Continue reading

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Movies and Measles

“Mama would sometimes let me invite a couple of friends to go on Saturday to the Paramount Inn, next door to the theater, to eat lunch and then go to the show. For fifteen cents we could get a hamburger, … Continue reading

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