Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Peter Warren, Medfield, MA - 1814

Fig. 1 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

In memory of
MR PETER WARREN
who died Jan. 9th 1814
Aged about 70 years

A respectable man of colour

Fig. 2 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

 "A respectable man of colour"

Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Massachusetts

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Honoring a Revolutionary War veteran with the flag


The following text about Peter Warren appears in E.O. Jameson's The History of Medway, MA,. 1713-1885 (1886).

"A Slave Buys His Liberty.  Caesar Hunt, alias Peter Warren, paid to Joseph Lovell the sum of  L13,6s,8d. for his freedom, on condition that if, in the judgment of the selectmen of Medway, he be idle or prodigal of his time and interest so that there be danger of his becoming a burden on the estate he be remanded to the condition of servitude. [The text includes a copy of the legal emancipation.]

The above was duly executed and the said Caesar Hunt, alias Peter Warren, became a freedman and was never remanded to slavery.  He removed to Medfield, where he died.  Upon his tombstone is this honorable inscription: "A respecatable man of color.""

The emancipation was recorded in 1769.

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