Library to host panel highlighting men of color in the Revolutionary War and Civil War

“Men of color have defined America every step of the way, always in the room where it happened,” said Allen Phillips-Bell, director of the Pender County Library.

One of those men was Crispus Attucks. He was an African and Indigenous man who participated in the street protest known as the Boston Tea Party and was killed by British troops.

There was also two men of color named Primus Jacobs. One was a formerly enslaved man in Massachusetts and the other was a third-generation member of a free family of color in North Carolina. Both men fought in the Revolutionary War.

In addition, there have been many men of color — free and enslaved — who fought on both sides of the Civil War as volunteers and as abductees.

The library’s presentation will highlight men of color from Southeastern North Carolina in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

The presentation will be held via Zoom video chat on Saturday, Oct. 9, from noon – 1 p.m. at the library’s main branch in Burgaw.

The program will be presented by Tyrone Goodwyn, Luke Alexander and Kevin Graham. All three are deeply knowledgeable about the genealogy and history of free people of color in southeastern North Carolina going back to the 1700s.


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