Jefferson "Nigger Row" in "Uncle Willy" (Location)

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"Nigger Row"
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1205
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806
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In the Yoknapatawpha fictions as a group, Jefferson's black population lives in two different places. The domestic servants who are employed by the town's older families typically live behind their employers' houses (as was the case with Faulkner's own "mammy," Caroline Barr). Most of the rest of the black population lives in an area west of the Square. This area wears several different names in the Yoknapatawpha fictions: Freedman Town, Negro Hollow, Nigger Hollow. Although this story tells us nothing about "Nigger Row" beyond its name - which was probably as offensive to the black community in the 1920s as it is to almost everyone today - (234), it seems likely that the name belongs to a street that leads to or through this black district, a street that may contain a number of businesses (like "Sonny Barger's store," 234), which may be black-owned, at least in some cases, or patronized mainly by blacks.

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Site of Event
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Continuous
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