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423. Bunbry B. Lloyd (William H. Herndon Interview).


B. B Lloyd

The plays of the People in Ky — generally ball — corner ball, called bull pen, cat & town ball. We had Corn Shuckings. We would pile all one Crop of Corn in one pile or string about 5 feet high at the Centre, divided Equally — Chose Captains. A general wrestle — and Sometimes a fight would Ensue — generally good humored — had lots of whisky — had suppers — hoe downs — dances old fashion — old nigger would play — pat juba — Sing "Juba — you old dog Juba" No nigger Could Stand Still at this — "Come down — "Juba, you old dog juba" and then the feet would Come down — Shooting matches at Christmas/. for turkeys — beeves. &c — played marbles. — had swings — went to school in log cabins — &c — went to Church in log houses — sometimes frame and rough stone — went to Camp Meetings. — Elections — had 3 days — voted in Districts or Counties — fights — &c whisky — all voted at the Co Seat. — Songs. — Nathctes under the hill or sugar in the gourd. Christian Songs — old Hundred

When Shall I see Jesus. &c

How happy are they. &c.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3960



1. See §249, note 4.

2. Setting up complicated rhythms by patting the feet on dancing boards, along with patting other parts of the body, was called "patting Juba." Juba was an African name given generically to black entertainers. See Roger D. Abrahams, Singing the Master: The Emergence of African American Culture in the Plantation South (New York, 1992), 94.

3. For "When Shall I See Jesus," see §108, note 3. "Old Hundredth" was a musical setting for the 100th psalm composed by Louis Bourgeois for the Genevan psalter (1551). "How Happy Are They Who the Savior Obey" appeared in Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749).