By Robert Wilton Burton

Between 1885 and 1894 The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald, and The New Orleans instances Democrat featured a sequence of approximately eighty funny black-dialect sketches via Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and author from Auburn, Alabama.  in response to Burton, those stories have been in line with quite a few characters within the black neighborhood of Auburn, and 36 of them have been committed solely to a personality referred to as "Marengo Jake."  most likely initially from Virginia, Jake Mitchell used to be dropped at the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy within the 1850's.  After the Civil struggle, the Drake family members moved to Auburn and lots of former slaves undefined, forming a reasonably large expatriate Marengo County community.  The subject matter of the tales, frequently comparable by way of Jake, facilities at the superiority of all issues from Marengo County, specially over these in Lee County, during which Auburn is located.

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