Leo Jones

Born: 16th November 1933

St David's, Barbados

Date of interview: 5th June 2006

Map showing where Leo Jones came from

Around that time were there many black people in Reading?

No no there wasn't a lot, and, people used to look at you ... like they never see a black person before. It was really amazing you know ...

Well you see as I said I was in America and when you over there on contract you have to always walk with your ID card. And the things that we could get away with in America the black Americans couldn't get away with. So if you link the two together ... I mean you have to respect white people in when I was in Barbados you had to call them master the white people, the master this and if you working for them and thing like that. But being born as a half caste and I grew up within that area I had the best of both worlds, my mother was black and the old man was a white man. You know? 'Cos he died he died I didn't even know him he died when when I was a little boy or something like that ... I was well capable of getting around ... And sometimes when some of the white fellas look at you and tell you 'I can't understand you.' I say 'Well look the same way I try to understand you you should try to understand me.' ... You know? And the other thing if you get in a fight with them, they beat you or you beat them, they would get up brush their pants off, the gentleman said 'You the better man, shake hand?' and go along and forget about it ...

The other thing that, people must realise as well, that Barbados have got the highest population in Reading in the whole country.