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Did you know that almost 450 Windsor men served in the American Revolution, and that as many as 14 (maybe more) of them were Black? We know a little about some of them, and almost nothing about others. Very little documentation survives to tell the stories of men like John Brister, Samson Cuff, Edward, Barzilla Henry, Oliver Mitchell, Plymouth, and Providence. Who were they, why did they serve, and what happened to them after the war?

Join Windsor Historical Society Librarian/Archivist Michelle Tom on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 to 8 PM, for a fascinating look at the Black  men of Windsor who served in this defining conflict in American history. Learn what we know and what we don’t know about Windsor’s Black Patriots, and examine the surviving evidence that tells their stories. Michelle will share many of these records and discuss possible interpretations of her ongoing research.


Painting by Don Troiani, courtesy of the artist.

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