14 Mongrel Virginians
years. Transportation into and through the area is easy during the summer months; difficult during the winter. The one dirt road which cuts the area into halves becomes impassible in winter except by horseback. A rural free delivery route supplies mail each day. This Win group is set apart because of its "color" and because it has been considered an inferior set. They take no part in any activities outside of their particular area; they have no connection with the political activities in the county in which they live. The white folks look down on them, as do the negroes, and this, with their dark skin color, has caused a segregation from the general community.
They are described variously as "low down" yellow negroes, as Indians, as "mixed." No one, however, speaks of them as white. The Wins themselves in general claim the Indian descent although most of them realize they are "mixed," preferring to speak of the "Indian" rather than of a possibility of a negro mixture in them. A few claim to be white. The term by which they have been known locally for many years is that used to designate the negro slaves who were given their freedom by their masters before the Civil War. This term clung to those freed negroes. These