David Wilborn Ex-Slave Narrative   Save
David Wilborn Ex-Slave Narrative
Description: This interview of former slave David Wilborn was done by an employee of the Ohio Federal Writer's Project. Wilborn was the son of a Cherokee Indian and an African American slave. He talks about going to Ohio after the Civil War, first to Yellow Springs and then to Springfield. He learned to read and write and worked as a reporter for several newspapers. In 1898 he served in the Spanish American War and then opened "undertaking establishments" in Springfield and Dayton. The narrative is four pages and measures 8.5" x 11" (21.59 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_1170480_026
Subjects: African American Ohioans; American Indians in Ohio; Literary Ohio; Military Ohio; Spanish American War; Literacy; Civil War; Soldiers; Slavery; Reporters and reporting; Undertakers and undertaking
Places: Springfield (Ohio); Clark County (Ohio); Yellow Springs (Ohio); Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)