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58 KNOWN ENSLAVED

Those Enslaved at First Church in Roxbury

As Aabid Allibhai says in the Introduction of his report, Race & Slavery at the First Church in Roxbury: The Colonial Period (1631–1775):

"At least fifty-eight human beings—Black and Indigenous men, women, and children—were enslaved by First Church’s white parishioners. That number, of course, is a significant undercount: the records do not tell us about everyone. A few like Maria, burned to death for setting aflame her enslaver’s house, have stories we can tell in some detail. But little is known of most. All faced the grueling horrors of chattel slavery. We might begin with their names."

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