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History of Free Slaves in the Revolution
Transcript of History of Free Slaves in the Revolution
He bought his freedom in 1769 for 27 pounds which is equal to a man's salary.
He married Nancy, a free African American, and had a son. Salem Poor Attucks was born in 1723.
He is 1 of nearly 5,000 African Americans who fought for independence.
Crispus Attucks was the leader of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. Crispus Attucks Early Life! Phillis Wheatley Early Life! Salem Poor is best known for his performance at the Battle of Bunker Hill He performed so well that 14 officers sent a petition to Massachusetts Legislature In written accounts, "He behaved like an experienced officer and was rewarded for great distinguished character." Early Life! Crispus Attucks was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre. His Last Words "The way to get rid of idlers is to attack the main guard; strike at the root; this is the nest." She was brought to America in 1761 and purchased as a house slave when she was 8 by John Wheatley. Born in Senegal in West Africa. When working for the Wheatleys, they saw that Phillis had an intellectual gift. Mary, Wheatley's daughter, showed her how to read the Bible. Phillis wrote about Christianity, virtue, and education. By 1775, Wheatley had completed and published a poetry book. She was the first African American to publish any kind of book. One of Her Poems On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley
'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train. Prince Estabrook There were 10 African Americans on the battle field in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Prince was one of them. Prince Estabrook was described as "the first to get into the fight." He was wounded in the shoulder in battle. Prince was a slave and soldier. http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/nick-voices-black-history-month-carlos-knight.html Video Poem thanking Phillis Wheatley for her Poetry!! Memorial for Prince Estabrook But not all slaves were free.. Some were Beaten. Some I
d Some were taken away from their families. Some were "Chained."