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Lexington in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Prince Estabrook

 
 
Prince Estabrook Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
1. Prince Estabrook Marker
Inscription.
In Honor of
Prince Estabrook

Prince Estabrook was a slave who lived in Lexington. At dawn on April, 19, 1775, he was one of the Lexington Minute Men awaiting the arrival of the British Regulars at the Buckman Tavern. In the battle which followed, Prince Estabrook was wounded on Lexington Green. Through circumstances and destiny, he thus became the first black soldier to fight in the American Revolution.

This monument is dedicated to the memory of Prince Estabrook and the thousands of other courageous black patriots long denied the recognition they deserve.

Donated by the Alice Hinkle Memorial Fund
April 21, 2008

 
Erected 2008 by Alice Hinkle Memorial Fund.
 
Location. 42° 26.955′ N, 71° 13.792′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Bedford Street (Massachusetts Route 225) and Massachusetts Ave (Massachusetts Route 4), on the right when traveling north on Bedford Street. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Buckman Tavern, across the street from the Lexington Green. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Bedford Street, Lexington MA 02420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Lexington Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
2. Lexington Marker
The Buckman Tavern, where the Lexington Minute Men congregated on tghe night of April 19, 1775, can be seen behind the marker.
walking distance of this marker. Rendezvous of the Minute Men (here, next to this marker); Buckman Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Memorial to the Lexington Minute Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Minuteman (within shouting distance of this marker); Line of the Minutemen (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Ship Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Buckman Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Green (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a picture of Prince Estabrook leaving the Buckman Tavern.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Lexington. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle at Lexington Green, 1775. The Start of the American Revolution and the "shot heard round the world." from EyeWitness to History.com. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Lexington. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,742 times since then and 242 times this year. Last updated on , by Gray Watson of Lexington, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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