Friday, February 18, 2011

Gravestone of the Day: Sam

Sam, 1739, NCBG, Newport, RI

Here lieth Sa[m]
a Negro Servan[t]
to Wm: Barker,
aged aout 50
Years & died
Septmr: – 1739.

The fact that Sam's age was imprecisely known probably means that he was born in Africa or the West Indies and brought to Rhode Island by a slave trader.

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