Episode 15: William Johnson Barber of Natchez

On June 16, 1851 William Johnson was murdered. 75 years later, his diary was discovered and became one of the most important firsthand accounts of life in the antebellum South. What was his story? And how did the man who murdered Johnson get away with it?

More about this episode

Louisiana Digital Library – Papers and Diary of William T. Johnson

African American Review of William Johnson’s Diary by Nick Salvatore

National Park Service Visitor Info – William Johnson Home

National Humanities PDF of Notable Entries from Diary of William Johnson

The Root Article: Did Black People Own Slaves by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Music Credits

Theme Song: “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Additional Music: Southern Man “Southern Man”, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Kevin MacLeod “Sovereign”, “Cryptic Sorrow”, “Wounded”, “Nervous”, “Sad Trio” Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

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