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In Their Own Words

June 06, 1865

Journal Entry on Slaves Leaving

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

“Nearly all the talk now is of the Negroes going to the Yankees. They will see a hard time before long. Some of mine may go. It will be a disadvantage to me and a great misfortune to them.”

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