• As The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man opens, a first-person narrator announces that he is about to reveal "the great secret of my life."
• The narrator then begins the story of his life, from his birth in a small Georgia town a few years after the end of the Civil War.
• As a young child, the narrator lives with his mother in a pleasant house, and they are visited often by a tall man with a moustache.
• One day, the boy and his mother abruptly move to Connecticut, where his mother supports herself by sewing and with money she receives every month by mail.
• When he is nine, the narrator begins school, where he has friends for the first time such as Red Head, an older boy with red hair and freckles, and Shiny, a dark-skinned boy who is the smartest child in the class.
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