Emancipated in the South
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
Vastly outnumbering any stories of brutality toward African slaves in the South are accounts of compassion and emancipation toward the victims of the New England slave trade. Making the best of the hand that was dealt them in life, Southerners created a society in which both races could peacefully coexist.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
www.cfhi.net  

Emancipated in the South:
 
“I am sorry to say that my dear old mammy—Sophia by name—while so superior, and as genuine a “lady” as I ever knew, in other respects, shared the weakness of her race in regard to chastity. She was the mother of five children. Her two daughters, Jane and Charlotte, of nearly the same age as my sister Metta and myself, respectively, were assigned to us as our maids, and were the favorite playmates of our childhood.
 
They were both handsome mulattoes, and Jane, particularly, I remember as one of the most amiable and affectionate characters I have ever known. Just before the outbreak of war they were purchased, with mammy’s consent and approval, by a wealthy white man, reputed to be their father, who set them free, and sent then North to be educated.
 
Jane, who married in the meantime, came to visit us about a year after the close of the war, and took her mother back home with her. But the dear old lady—I use the word advisedly, for she was one in spite of inherited instincts which would make it unfair to judge her by the white woman’s standard—could not be happy amid such changed surroundings, and finally drifted back South, to live with one of her sons, who had settled in Alabama.”
 
(The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, Eliza Frances Andrews, D. Appleton and Company, 1908, pp. 293-294)