Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
African American Heroes of the American Revolution
Few people realize that one in five people living in America during the Revolutionary War were African American and roughly the same proportion took up arms to join in the battle for independence. While some were freemen, most of the patriots were enslaved and did not enjoy the freedom they were fighting for. By the war’s end as many as 60,000 slaves were set free by their efforts supporting the patriot cause though few are known and much of their history went unrecorded or unsaved. The following is a small sampling of their history. We salute the actions of these few as well as those of the patriots who’s stories remain untold. Their valorous deeds and sacrifice during the American Revolution greatly contributed to the establishment of our country at its very birth.
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Location. 40° 41.534′ N, 73° 58.477′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Washington Park. The marker is at the Fort Putnam redoubt display next to the Fort Greene Park Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Artillery of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); What is a redoubt anyway? (a few steps from this marker); Fort Greene Park (a few steps from this marker); Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Greene Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fowler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bldg 92 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Revolutionary •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 26, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 13, 14. submitted on December 30, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.