"Memorys of the past."
This is the opening page of "Memorys of the Past," a narrative written by John M. Washington who was born enslaved in Fredericksburg on May 20, 1838. On this page he describes how, at about the age of two, he was sent with his enslaved mother to a plantation in Orange County, about thirty-seven miles away from Fredericksburg. During the Civil War Washington fled to freedom and in 1873 he wrote this account of his life.
Citation: John Washington Papers, 1858–1865, 1982, Accession #15000. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.