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MIKE PASCAL, MATT COCORIKIS & MIKE HADDAD. 👞 SLAVE NARRATIVES 👞. Captivity Phase. Sarah Frances Graves Worked in the fields (Planting and Harvesting) Was whipped with cat-o-nine tails Had to prepare her own meals.

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captivity phase
Captivity Phase
  • Sarah Frances Graves
  • Worked in the fields (Planting and Harvesting)
  • Was whipped with cat-o-nine tails
  • Had to prepare her own meals

Sarah was never sold herself in a slave auction, but recalls her mothers stories of being allotted to a white man named Jimmie Graves. Allotted is another word for rented out.


Sarah and her mother were moved to Mississippi at the age of six months because her mother was allotted to Jimmie Graves.

Sarah remembers her living quarters as well kept, but small and uncomfortable. Her family had to prepare their own meals at night after long days of working on the fields. Beds were uncomfortable and usually made of wood and grass.
Sarah recalls her sleeping arrangements as wooden boxes filled with straw. She lived in the same cabin all her life with her mother and father, who was sick and could not work.

Sarah Frances Grave was often beaten as slave by her master named Shaw. She admits that sometimes she deserved the beatings, but other times she was beaten for the faults of the masters children.

rebellion phase
Rebellion Phase
  • Nathaniel Turner
  • Was a slave under his white masters
  • Led the Nat Turner Rebellion
  • Caused Southern whites to tighten grip and control on their black slaves

Nat Turner was born on October 2, 1800. In 1821, Turner ran away from his overseer, returning after 30 days because of a vision in which the Spirit had told him to "return to the service of my earthly master."


Nat Turner had two more visions leading him to believe he was being held responsible and had to kill the white men to defend the black people\'s spirits.


In 1831, Nat Turner led a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia. Turner and a group of his followers killed sixty white men, women, and children on the night of August 21. Turner and sixteen of his conspirators were captured and executed.

freedom phase
Freedom Phase
  • Sarah Frances Graves (continued)
  • Freed in 1863, but heard so much about slavery coming back that they stayed with the Crowdes\' two years longer or until 1865 when they were sure that they were freed.

Sarah and her mother had fifty cents when they were freed in 1865. They lived two miles north of their former masters.


Sarah went to school near Burlington Jet., Missouri, and she went to school two winters a little while, but never for a full year.

Sarah had to work and when the busiest time was over, she would go to school.


Sarah married Joe H. Graves. The couple had one son, Azra Alexander Graves. Sarah lived on the same piece of land for as long as she can remember. They now have 120 acres on their property and Sarah belongs to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

works cited
Works Cited
  • "The Nat Turner Rebellion." The Nat Turner Rebellion. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013. <>
  • "Nat Turner Rebellion." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013. <>
  • "Sarah Graves." Civil War Narratives. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2013. <>.