Jefferson Negro Store District (Location Key)

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1118
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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. Two texts suggest the possibility that within this part of town there are businesses that are owned by Negroes. In Absalom, Absalom! Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon usually gets "blind or violently drunk in the negro store district on Depot Street" (170). That street name suggests a place near the railroad, which is where Negro Hollow is located in the other fictions. The ambiguous phrase "negro store" might mean the stores are simply patronized by Negroes, or could mean that they are owned by blacks. There is one such store in "Uncle Willy": Sonny Barger's, which has its own Location. Barger's store is in a part of town called "Nigger Row" (234), using a term that is rightly offensive now but would have been common in Faulkner's South, and that may indicate the presence of a number of black-owned businesses. The location of that street is not specified, but it's unlikely to have been anywhere other than Negro Hollow.

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