Patriots of African descent in the Revolutionary War are not remembered enough.
My friend, Denise Dennis, was always proud of her patriot ancestor, Gershom Prince, a free man who fought in the Revolutionary War and died in the Battle of Wyoming. Now, a powder horn that her descendent carved–thought to be the first of its kind–and which was found on his deceased body, and then passed down through generations, was just donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
Read this remarkable story below.
Denise also created a The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, a living museum in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, on 153 acres of land land that her family has owned since 1793. The land is the oldest continuously owned land by African Americans in this country and is memorialized at the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History with its own exhibit.
via A true patriot, John James, 98, becomes a lieutenant after 76 years
Happy Independence Day! Please click on the link above to my blog Becoming Valley Forge to read about Lt. John James, who typifies all that this country stands for. In 1776, there was a miracle in Philadelphia. There was one here last week, too, at the Museum of the American Revolution, when Lt. James got his Lieutenant’s commission after 76 years because of the Army’s racial separation policies.
via Leaving Valley Forge and on to independence
Today in 1778, the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge. See my blog post above about that important day, reposted from my site, www.becomingvalleyforge.com.
Read more about the Valley Forge encampment in my novel, Becoming Valley Forge.