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Salem was at the April 1775 Battle of Lexington, against British Major John Pitcairn. He was also at Concord. Those battles marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. On June 17, 1775, the colonists and British redcoats squared off at Bunker Hill. More than twenty-ﬁve blacks were in the colonial ranks. Private Peter Salem was among 35 36 them—as a servant to Lieutenant Grosvenor, who was facing Major Pitcairn a second time. As the British advanced, colonial officers rode back and forth among the troops.
For many years, the Freedman’s Bank of Boston printed his picture on their banknotes. The Daughters of the American Revolution bought Salem’s home in 1909 and turned it into a historic site. In 1968, the federal government made a commemorative stamp of the Trumbull painting that included Peter Salem. ) ✦ P eter Salem had voluntarily enlisted in the Continental army, but Austin Dabney was sent in his master’s stead. Born a slave in North Carolina, the son of a slave woman and her master, Dabney was owned by a Georgia colonist named Aycock.
Governor Thomas Hutchins and legislator John Hancock gave the aspiring young artist books to encourage her. ✦ PH I L L I S W H E AT L E Y ✦ 45 In 1773, Nathaniel Wheatley had cause to travel to England on business. The family decided that Phillis Wheatley would accompany him on the trip. They had a special reason. American printers had refused to publish the writings of a slave girl, so Nathaniel Wheatley took Phillis to London to publish her book. She gave it the title Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mrs.