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In Their Own Words

June 18, 1865

Grim Prediction for Slaves in Journal

From his home near Lithonia, Thomas Maguire wrote in his journal:

“Report said our negroes would leave last night, but I did not believe it - Dick is at his post this morning. I think the excitement of the negroes going to the Yankees is nearly over. The poor negroes will be sorry enough after they realize the effects of this, to them, great revolution. The race, I think will be exterminated in a few years. The negroes will be like the Indians, but in a far worse condition … .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 678.