How many black seamen have you heard of? Did you hear of James
Forten? Anyways, Black people have taken on many roles in life. So I try to
think of the roles that black people take the least of. There are
roles that black people take the most of . But I like to highlight
something special about each role that black people do
and how we as black people have shown our brilliance. Moving on.
The Navy recruited both the free and enslave black people
from the start of the Revolutionary War. Many black people were already
experienced sailors that served in British and state navies. Philadelphia’s
free blacks were more likely to serve on privateers than in the
Pennsylvania navy. Black seamen were specifically valued as pilots.
Others took on roles as shipyard carpenters and laborers.
Maryland and Virginia’s navies made extensive use of blacks, even
buying slaves for wartime naval service. Virginia’s state commissioner
noted that it was cheaper to hire blacks than whites and that white
people got exemption from military service by substituting a slave.
In his memoirs, US. Navy Commodore James Barron, who served
as a captain in the Virginia navy during the war, remembered
several black men among the “Courageous patriots who…in justice
to their merits should not be forgotten.
Whatever we do, we do it big” by me.