Kick Off Black History Month with a Talk on the Revolution's Black Soldiers

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 7:00pm

 This program will focus on the lives and service of over 480 Black or African American soldiers from North Carolina during the American Revolution. Based on my 2020 masters thesis, I will explore their motivations, service, pre and post-war lives, and the legacy they created. I will provide many statistical or demographic figures at look at a few representative individuals. I intend to demonstrate both how they affected the war, and how their service affected themselves and their families.

Trevor Freeman is a western North Carolina native and alumnus of Appalachian State University and East Carolina University, where he holds an MA in American History. He has worked or interned in several parks and battlefield sites including Cowpens National Battlefield and is now the public programs director for the Western North Carolina Historical Association based in Asheville. His research interests include the American Revolution as well as western North Carolina and environmental history. He has published an article on the 1780 skirmish at Cane Creek, preceding the Battle of Kings Mountain, and his 2020 masters thesis focuses on the service and lives of North Carolina’s 480+ identified African American or Black soldiers in the American Revolution. An avid hiker, paddler, and fly fisher, you will often find him exploring or leading outings in the places he writes about.

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