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I am currently working on a project on the Pompe Stevens stones in Newport, which has gotten me thinking about African-American burials in New England. There is a fairly large African-American section in Providence's North Burial Ground. One extant gravestone is dedicated to "Yarrow an African."
The text of Yarrow's epitaph reads,
the Body of YARROW
an African who after a
Life of strict Integrity
Resigned his Soul to
GOD April 7, 1786 aged
Aged [sic] about 60 Years
There is a verse at the end, but my pics are so awful I cannot read it. I'll update this post when I have more information.
Here is a picture of Yarrow's stone, courtesy of Robert Emlen at Brown University. The entire epitaph is clearly legible: