Kari J. Winter

Academic Historian

Kari J. Winter's research focuses on the history and literature of slavery. The editor of the 2005 edition of Jeffrey Brace's 1810 memoir, The Blind African Slave, she is also the author of Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change: Women and Power in Gothic Novels and Slave Narratives,1790-1865 and numerous articles on African American culture, Barbadian history, feminist theory, and American Indian literature.

Jack Mortimer (1700’s)

Jack and his wife Sophy were enslaved in Middletown, Connecticut to Philip Mortimer (1710-1794), a wealthy Irish businessman.  Philip Mortimer freed them in his will, but his son-in-law, George Starr, contested and succeeded in overturning the will.  Mortimer’s will also intended to give Jack and … Read MoreJack Mortimer (1700’s)

Prince Mortimer (ca. 1724-1834)

Born in West Africa, Prince Mortimer was captured by slave traders as a young boy. After enduring a brutal passage to the Americas, he arrived in Connecticut around 1730.  In the late 1750s he was sold in Middletown, Connecticut to Philip Mortimer, who trained him … Read MorePrince Mortimer (ca. 1724-1834)

Jeffrey Brace (1742?-1827)

Born in West Africa Jeffrey Brace (born Boyrereau Brinch) was enslaved at the age of sixteen and transported to Barbados, where he was sold to a ship captain from Connecticut who used him as an enslaved sailor-soldier during the Seven Years War.  At the war’s … Read MoreJeffrey Brace (1742?-1827)