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STORYTELLER: My Mother LOCATION: Shellmound, Schlater, Greenwood, Mississippi YEAR TOOK PLACE: 1850s
TELLER'S PLACE OF ORIGIN: Shellmound, Mississippi HOW HEARD: Passed down

My great-great-grandmother, Mariah McMullen would tell my mother, how her mother remembered and talked about how the white people would come and line her brothers and sisters up: examining them like cattle or horses, looking at their teeth, feeling their arms and legs. They would drag them off to be sold, and how her mother would be crying and begging.





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