Ex-Slave Narratives, 1936-1940; n.d. Series 0436

The series consists of typed and handwritten transcripts of interviews with ex-slaves from 36 Mississippi counties conducted by employees of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, as well as essays about former slaves and administrative correspondence. The narratives contain information such as names of family members and owners, occupations, and other details of the ex-slaves' lives. The interviews are brief, most containing an average of three to four pages, though all available drafts were imaged. A few from Harrison County include drawings of the former slaves. Images for most of the narratives were created in 2011 by FamilySearch from originals at MDAH. The documents associated with Ben Lewis of Adams County were scanned in 2012 by the Image and Sound section at MDAH because they were overlooked in the initial project. Arrangement is alphabetical by county and within the county alphabetical by subject then chronological by document.


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9 Series Series 0436

Adams County


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Amite County


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Bolivar County


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Calhoun County


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Choctaw County


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Claiborne County


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Clay County


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Coahoma County


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Copiah County


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Forrest County


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Hancock County


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Harrison County


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Hinds County


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Kemper County


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Lafayette County


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Lauderdale County


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Lawrence County


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Leflore County


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Lincoln County


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Lowndes County


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Marshall County


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Monroe County


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Montgomery County


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Oktibbeha County


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Panola County


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Pearl River County


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Pike County


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Rankin County


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Scott County


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Simpson County


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Smith County


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Tallahatchie County


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Tate County


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Unidentified


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Walthall County


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Warren County


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Washington County


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Webster County


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Yalobusha County