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William Nelson ex-slave narrative
Description: William Nelson of Meigs County, Ohio was interviewed by a worker for the Ohio Federal Writer's Project in 1937. In this transcript of the interview, Nelson talks about running away from the Southern plantation where he was a slave and heading north to freedom. He refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a "Saint of colored race." The interview is three pages and measures 8.5" x 11" (20.32 x 27.94 cm). This item is part of a larger collection of Ohio Federal Writer's Project materials concerning Ohio history, agriculture, transplantation, education, sports, architecture, racial groups, points of interest, and cultural organizations. The files were created during the Great Depression by the Federal Writers' Project, an effort by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to employ professionals with writing skills who could not find work. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1527_1497995_046
Subjects: African American Ohioans; Slavery; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Escapes; Plantation life
Places: Meigs County (Ohio)