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This interview is one of a series conducted with Black residents of West Virginia. Born in Alabama, Mr. Barnett has spent a large part of his life in Charleston, West Virginia. At the time of the interview, he was ninety-nine and residing in Charleston. Mr. Barnett, who is Black, discusses the varied experiences of his life. He talks about his childhood and family as a poor black in Alabama. After running away from home at the age of thirteen, Mr. Barnett led a colorful life including working for a circus, gambling, and was tried for killing three men. He also discusses work for the C&O Railroad and the problems of his present life.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-199.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-199, Huntington, WV.