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Photo by Clara Dennis. Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management;
Acc. 1983-468 #33 (1923-1940) N-8877
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John Farmer in the 1920s, Birchtown

Nova Scotian writer Clara Dennis interviewed John Farmer in the 1920s, when he was an old man. His grandparents had been slaves: Jupiter, in New Brunswick (a town in New Jersey); Venus, in Charleston, South Carolina. He showed Dennis the remains of Pit houses near Birchtown, and told her how Venus, a "smart woman," helped support their many children by her knitting.

Related: Jupiter and Venus Farmer