Houston Hartsfield Holloway (1844-1917) was born enslaved in upcountry Georgia, taught himself to read and write, learned the blacksmith trade, was emancipated by Union victory in 1865, and served as an ordained travelling preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1870 to 1883. Offering a rare working-class perspective on life during some of the most transformative years of US history, in this autobiography he describes slavery, his family, friends, religious experiences, courtship and marriage, neighbourhood parties and games, work and work songs, and interactions with slave owners. His vivid account of the arrival of federal troops and his subsequent emancipation describes how he and his neighbours adjusted to freedom, constructing new family living arrangements, new employment compacts, and new civil and church relations.
In His Own Words
Mercer University Press
Houston Hartsfield Holloway¿s Slavery, Emancipation, and Ministry in Georgia