Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (1747?–1805?)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars, who represented Saint-Domingue in the French National Convention in Paris in 1794, is widely credited with persuading that body to abolish slavery in France and its overseas colonies. Belley-Mars as a boy was kidnapped by slave catchers on the … Read MoreJean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (1747?–1805?)

Charles Lewis (ca. 1760-1833)

1780 Document Indicating Wills’ Service in the U.S. Army During the American Revolution  Image Courtesy of Anita Wills Charles Lewis was a sailor and soldier during the American Revolutionary War.  Lewis was born sometime around 1760 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on Bel Aire, the Lewis … Read MoreCharles Lewis (ca. 1760-1833)

Fighting for Freedom on Both Sides of the American Revolution

  Fighting for Emancipation in the War of Independence Image Courtesy of University of Chicago Press Alan Gilbert, University of Denver political scientist and anti-racist activist, is the author of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence, one of the … Read MoreFighting for Freedom on Both Sides of the American Revolution

1st Rhode Island Regiment

The 1st Rhode Island Regiment was a Continental Army regiment during the American Revolutionary War. The 1st Rhode Island Regiment became known as the “Black Regiment” due to its allowing the recruitment of African Americans in 1778.  This decision, designed to help fill dwindling ranks … Read More1st Rhode Island Regiment