A Sketch of the Life and Experiences of George White, a Colored Man, and Born a Slave - Written by Himself. - A Lesson to His Children.
Title: A Sketch of the Life and Experiences of George White, a Colored Man, and Born a Slave - Written by Himself. - A Lesson to His Children.
Description: An autobiographical letter about his life as a slave born in Maryland in 1790, where he was the property of Benjamin Burgess, and in Madison County, Kentucky, where he was the property of John White. He states that he had this autobiography written for him when he was a "very old man" in hopes that it would benefit his children and grandchildren as well as "all others, in lowly condition." He mentions that since obtaining his freedom, he has also been able to "purchase the several members of my family, who were born slaves."
[Note: Madison County: 200 Hundred Years in Retrospect, p.114, states that George White "a free man of color" set his children & servants free in 1850.]
[George White's will was written 25 Mar 1862 and probated 5 Apr 1875. Mitchell, Spicy, Sophia and Mary Ann are named as his children in this will. Mitchell married Susannah Pinkston 5 Feb 1862 and Sophia married Anderson Archer 26 Nov 1855. The Madison County census for 1860 lists a George White (black) as being 70 years old and born in Maryland as well as another George White (black) as being 43 years old and born in Madison County. In 1870 George appears as being 80 years old. Also in his household were Betsy age 56 and Zack age 21.]
Source: American Slavery Collection
Date: ca. 1870
Rights: Contact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
Subject: Slave narratives.