Narratives are personal stories that help enrich the reader’s understanding of a time period, person, place, or event. These are first-person views of history taken from personal recollections, memoirs, diaries, and oral histories.


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When I was a little girl, I remember my father, Willie Hall, receiving a letter from his uncle, Richard Hall, who was his father's brother. Richard Hall asked my father to come to Mississippi to visit him. When my father arrived at the address that was on the letter, a lady answered the door, but she said his uncle didn't live there. My mother said she believed his uncle Richard was there, but he was afraid to come outside for fear someone would be there to take him back to Arkansas.

I know for a fact my father's people were involved in the Elaine Riot. Paul Hall was one of the twelve men who were slated to be electrocuted, and I believe he was my relative.


Nancy Hall Jones
Grandview, MO