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Blast From The Past

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SPENCE JOHNSON was born free, a member of the Choctaw Nation, in the Indian Territory, in the 1850's. "Marse Riley Surratt had a big plantation, Mammy cooked for 'em. When Marse Riley bought her, she couldn' speak nothin' but de Choctaw words. I was a baby when us lef' de Choctaw country. My sister looked like a full blood Choctaw Indian and she could pass for a real full blood Indian. Mammy's folks was all Choctaw Indians." ca. 1936-1938 Federal Writers Project