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Profiles: Amelia Jackson
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Photo by Bob Spencer
Lived in Rich Springs, S.C., and moved to Washington, D.C., in the late 1930s.
We didn’t have to worry about food or anything because everybody down South was neighborly like and everybody shared. When they killed hogs, they shared the meat. The white people down there, we didn’t know anything about that down there because their children played with us down there.
The women did beautiful sewing for children. They shared meats when they killed hogs and different things. We all shared like it was a big family.
I couldn’t have things like some of the children had, like Girl Scout things and all. Mother had to get the older ones, and I had to be last. I just thank God that I made it so far.
Interview by Michael Lawson