As part of the E Pluribus Unum Educational Initiative, biographical essays of little-known Patriots of Color have been composed in an effort to spotlight the diverse experiences of these individuals who contributed to the American Revolution. Overall, these short essays emphasize the backgrounds as well as the military experiences of the Patriots, both free and enslaved, from throughout the American colonies and how their lives, including those of their spouses and families, were shaped by their service both during and after the War.
Highlighted in these narratives are the lasting legacies of the Revolutionary War for the individuals, what such combat participation signified for their own destinies as Patriots of Color, and the enduring examples of sacrifice for country and home that serve as a hallmark for illustrating the sometimes decisive role and impact of Revolutionary Patriots of Color in American history. In showcasing these stories of such men and women, the hope is that our knowledge of and appreciation for the American Revolution’s participants can continue to expand and reflect the diversity of the Revolutionary era.
See a listing of DAR and external resources to learn more about underrepresented Patriots.