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Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners

Portsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail

 
 
Portsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
1. Portsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker
Close up of marker text
Inscription. Prince, enslaved by General William Whipple and his wife Katharine Moffatt, accompanied the general through several battles of the American Revolution but was not freed until 1784. In 1779, however, Prince and Winsor were two of twenty African-born men in Portsmouth who signed an elegantly worded petition asking the State legislature to abolish slavery. The lawmakers tabled the petition. The local newspaper printed the text in its issue of July 15, 1780 "for the amusement" of its readers
 
Location. 43° 4.743′ N, 70° 45.51′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Market Street, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is on the side of the house, known locally at the Moffat-Ladd house, also known as the William Whipple House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 154 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 03801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Samuel Blunt, Painter (a few steps from this marker); Horse Chestnut (within shouting distance of this marker); Spring Hill Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ceilia Layton Thaxter (about 800 feet away); The Original New Hampshire State House
Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
2. Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker
(about 800 feet away); 18 Congress (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nation's Oldest Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Negro Pews (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.
The Moffatt-Ladd mansion is remembered as the home of Declaration of Independence signer and Revolutionary War general William Whipple, and his wife. It was also the home of their slaves. Among them was Prince, who joined 19 other African-born Portsmouth men in making their own bid for independence. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
3. Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary Petitioners Marker
Closer view of marker location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2016, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2016, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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