I have listened to some of the Voices from the days of slavery on the Library of Congress webpage. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/voices/vfssp.html#FountainHughes.html)
In the past they have only been clips, maybe 1 minute or so. I can’t listen to more than one per day. This evening I have now heard the full interview from Fountain Hughes. He was a slave in the Charlottesville area and after he became free he moved to Baltimore. As I tear up listening to it I realized that this gentleman was a slave, he was owned by someone, he was a piece of property, not a human. He shares that his mother and father were slaves of the Burnley family and his grandfather was owned by Thomas Jefferson. His interview took place when he was 101. He tells a bit about life, which we all need to take heed and then comments on slavery. One of the attendees is researching the Burnley family in my area, I am sure there is a connection. I can’t wait to contact her.
This is worth listening too, please give Mr. Fountain Hughes your attention for a few minutes. Hear his voice, hear his story and I encourage you to do more to share your ancestors stories. This type of information needs to be told. Just click on the link below.