Moses “Clear Rock” Platt – Run, Nigger, Run

Yes, this song is today unfortunately named.

Around the middle of the 19th Century, black slaves needed passes to leave plantations. “Sneaking off” occurred, though with fear of being whipped if captured or found out later by a patrolman.

Moses Platt, imprisoned in Texas, was recorded by folklorist Alan Lomax. His nickname may have came from killing men with rocks.

The song was used in the 2013 movie, 12 Years A Slave.

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