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I have no documents to prove these statements, but I lived on the Lee Wilson plantation from 1936 to the winter of 1939. We moved in the middle of the night because no one was allowed to leave any other way. No one was paid with money; you received coupons worth nothing except at their commissary. My dad was a sharecropper. We were not allowed to even have a vegetable garden—all of your food came from the commissary. We almost starved to death. On this particular part of Lee Wilson (Armorel), there were nine white families and nineteen black families. It was never, as you said, proved he committed peonage but if you had lived there you would have known. It was rumored they kept two sets of books and were caught. After we moved from there, we received $140; we were supposed to have owed $239 when we left. I know this will probably never even be read and, even if it is, nothing can be done, but I just wanted to let someone know after all these years that slavery was still going strong on Lee W. plantation in the 1930s.

Vern McPherson Sr.
Searcy, AR