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Black Seamen served vital roles!

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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.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p51.html

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