Slave Narratives from Birmingham

The Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Listed below are interviews that were conducted in Birmingham, Alabama.

A Note on the Language of the Narratives


Walter CallowayOle Joe had real 'ligion
Walter Calloway,  Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: W. F. Jordan

From the University of Virginia's American Slave Narratives:  An Online Anthology

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010051


Randolph and the little cripple
Randolph Johnson, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: Morgan Smith

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn 010/237231


Siney BonnerSiney Bonner, ex-slave
Siney Bonner, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: W. F. Jordan

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn 010/045039

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010039


Tom McAlpinA whuppin' wid de trimmin's
Tom McAlpin, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: John Morgan Smith

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn  010/274268

Library of Congress Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010268


Simon Phillips with John RandolphEx-slave leader recalls old days
Simon Phillips, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: J. Morgan Smith

 

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn  010/318312

Library of Congress Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010312   


Henry GarryMr. Renfroe hangs on a chinyberry tree
Henry Garry, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: W. F. Jordan

 

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn  010/143137

Library of Congress Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010137


Rufus would talk a lot for a dime
Rufus Dirt, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: Woodrow Hand

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn 010/123117


Esther King CaseyEsther King Casey
Esther King Casey, Birmingham, Alabama
Interviewer: Edward F. Harper

 

From Library of Congress' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA); Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, DIGITAL ID mesn  010/061055

Library of Congress Manuscript Division, DIGITAL ID mesnp 010055