William I. Johnson, Jr., WPA/VWP Life History
William I. Johnson Jr., was born enslaved and was a butler for the Johnson family of Goochland County and Richmond. He describes slave auctions and slave hiring. He details his Civil War experiences, including how he escaped to Union lines. After the war, Johnson became a successful contractor in Richmond and belonged to numerous fraternal organizations.
Milton T. Randolph, interviewer
Virginia Writers' Project Life Histories, Work Projects Administration of Virginia Records, 1939-1943, Accession 30432. Federal Records Collection, Library of Virginia.
March 28, 1937
WPA interview with William I. Johnson Jr.
System Number: 000506570
Richmond City and Goochland County, Virginia
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