John W. Fields acquired a respected place in his home community.
“John W. Fields, despite his lowly birth and adverse circumstances, has labored, economized and acquired a respected place in his home community. He is the owner of three un-mortgaged properties and co-founder of Baptist Church of Lafayette. His life has been one of constant effort to better himself spiritually and physically.” (Cecil Miller, Interviewer for Slave Narrative of John W. Fields)
“I married at 24 years of age and had four children. My wife has been dead for 12 years and 8 months. Today, I am the only surviving member who helped organize the second Baptist Church here in Lafayette, 64 years ago. I’ve tried to live according to the way the Lord would wish, God Bless you.” (John W. Fields)