Sylvia Dubois Poems

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I could dance yet—only had a good fiddle—I like music. A good fiddle always starts the Negro, even if he's old.
Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. :As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated December 20, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883).
These doctors, they've got no mercy on you, 'specially if you're black. Ah! I've seen 'em, many a time, but, they never come after me, I never gave 'em a chance—not the first time.
Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated January 27, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883). Larison, Dubois's interviewer, was a physician.
Them old masters, when they got mad, had no mercy on a nigger—they'd cut a nigger all up in a hurry—cut 'em all up into strings, just leave the life, that's all. I've seen 'em do it, many a time.
Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated January 27, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883). Remembering her days as a slave in New Jersey.

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