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TWO SISTERS IN THE DAYS BEFORE DESEGREGATION, IN THE 1940'S,
THEY STOPPED IN THE TOWN OF MT. CLEMENS MICHIGAN. BOTH GIRLS
WERE BLACK, ONE WAS LIGHT SKINNED AND LOOKED WHITE THE OTHER
GIRL WAS DARK. THE LIGHT SISTER TRIED TO SNEAK OUT OF THE CAR
TO A BAKERY BUT THE DARK SISTER FOLLOWED HER. THE LIGHT
SKINNED SISTER TURNED TO THE OTHER AND SAID, "YOU CAN'T GO
WITH ME, THEY DON'T ALLOW COLORED PEOPLE".

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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THREE LITTLE GIRLS LIVED WITH THEIR GRANDMOTHER. SHE SENT HER
GIRLS FOR SPRINGWATER QUITE OFTEN AND THEY DIDN'T LIKE IT.
ONE DAY THE GIRLS MADE A DOLL OF MUD AND SQUIRREL'S HAIR AND
PUT IT IN THE BUSH BESIDE THE GATE LEADING TO THE CREEK. AS
SOON AS THE GRANDMOTHER SAW THIS CREATION SHE FORBID THE
GIRLS TO GO THE CREEK BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS UNDER A
VOODOO CURSE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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IN HORSE AND BUGGY DAYS BEFORE THERE WERE CHAINS PEOPLE USED
COWHIDE TO HARNESS THEIR WAGONS TO HORSES. MY GRANDFATHER WAS
RETURNING HOME FROM A TRIP AND HAD TO CROSS A CREEK. THE
WAGON GOT STUCK IN THE SAND SO GRANDFATHER TOOK THE HORSES AND
STRETCHED THE COWHIDE ATTACHED THE WAGON AND TIED IT TO A POST
AT THE BARN. THE NEXT MORNING THE SUN WAS SHINING ON THE
WINDOW AND HE LOOKED OUT TO SEE THE WAGON IN FRONT OF THE
BARN. THE SUN SHRANK THE COWHIDE PULLING THE WAGON OUT.

Submitter comment: TALL TALE

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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WHERE DOES YOUR LAP GO WHEN YOU STAND UP? THE SAME PLACE YOUR
FIST GOES WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR HAND.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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WHICH GETS THROUGH THE PLANK FIRST,
THE BULLET OR THE HOLE?

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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THE GREAT SMELLING GUN

MY UNCLE BRAGGED THAT HE COULD KILL MORE GEESE WITH THE
SMELLING GUN. HE WOULD HEAR THE SOUND OF THE GEESE IN THE SKY
AND SHOOT. THEN HE WENT BACK IN THE HOUSE AND WATCHED THE
GEESE FALL OUT OF THE SKY.

Submitter comment: TALL TALE, BRAGGING TO CHILDREN

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; NATCHEZ

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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