I have often wondered if I had a relative who fought in the Revolutionary War. I have proof of the other major American wars that my enslaved and free ancestors fought and served, but the Revolutionary War remains a mystery. However, I am proud to know that there were more individuals of color than Crispus Attucks and Peter Salem who fought and died in America's quest for Independence.
This is something my high school History teachers never taught me. In fact, I doubt if they knew.
“In Massachusetts alone, 840 minorities served in the Revolutionary War, 740 were recorded as black or mulatto and 100 recorded as Indians. Armed men and women, white and colored, repelled the British at Concord, Lexington and elsewhere. They fought at Bunker Hill. They were members of George Washington’s Continental Army.”
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