His name is Denver Moore and, except for answering a question or two, Miss Debbie is the first white woman with whom he has ever spoken. Even answering a simple question is a risk for him, since the last time he was foolish enough to speak to a white woman he was nearly killed.
When he was about sixteen years old, Moore was walking down the dirt road in front of the cotton plantation where he worked in Red River Parish, Louisiana. On the road he was traveling there were few trees, so he was quite visible as he was walking back from his auntie’s house.
He saw a white...
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