V-"I Was a Negro in the South for 30 Days" - Ray Sprigle - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

V-"I Was a Negro in the South for 30 Days" - Ray Sprigle - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Woman Tells How Her Husband Died

by: Ray Sprigle | publication date: August 13, 1948 | Publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | pages: 1

 She is worn and aged and bent beyond her time. Nearly a quarter of a century behind a plow and a mule under blazing Georgia suns have done that to her. In a haze of dull despair, this broken, hopeless Negro farm woman sits in this little parlor in Black Atlanta and tells her tale of murder. "When the white folks gave him back to me he was in his coffin. I held his head in my hands when I kissed him. And I felt the broken pieces of bone under the skin. It was just like a sackful of little pieces of bone. "I put my arms around him for one last time as he lay there. All down one side of him there were no ribs -- just pieces that moved when I held him."  

A woman discusses the racially-charged murder of her husband.

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