Hurston’s “Jonah’s Gourd Vine”

IMG_1494“We borned ’em but dat didn’t make ’em ourn. Dey b’longed tuh old Massa. ‘Twan’t no use in treasurin’ other folkses property. It wuz liable tuh be took uhway any day. But we’s free folks now. De big bell done rung! Us chillun is ourn. Ah doan know, mebbe hit’ll take some of us generations, but us got tuh ‘gin tuh practise on treasurin’ our younguns.”

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