From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of by James Johnston

By James Johnston

From Slave send to Harvard is the real tale of an African American kinfolk in Maryland over six generations. the writer has reconstructed a distinct narrative of black fight and success from work, pictures, books, diaries, courtroom documents, felony records, and oral histories. From Slave send to Harvard lines the kin from the colonial interval and the yankee Revolution throughout the Civil battle to Harvard and eventually today.

Yarrow Mamout, the 1st of the kinfolk in the USA, was once an informed Muslim from Guinea. He was once dropped at Maryland at the slave send Elijah and won his freedom forty-four years later. via then, Yarrow had turn into so popular within the Georgetown part of Washington, D.C., that he attracted the eye of the eminent American portrait painter Charles Willson Peale, who captured Yarrow’s visage within the portray that looks at the disguise of this e-book. the writer right here finds that Yarrow’s instant relatives—his sister, niece, spouse, and son—were remarkable of their personal correct. His son married into the neighboring Turner relations, and the farm group in western Maryland referred to as Yarrowsburg used to be named for Yarrow Mamout’s daughter-in-law, Mary “Polly” Turner Yarrow. The Turner line eventually produced Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard collage in 1927.

Just as Peale painted the portrait of Yarrow, James H. Johnston’s new ebook places a face on slavery and paints the historical past of race in Maryland. it's a assorted photograph from what so much folks think. Relationships among blacks and whites have been way more complicated, and the races extra depending on one another. thankfully, as this one family’s adventure exhibits, participants of either races again and again progressed to minimize divisions and to maneuver the United States towards the varied society of today.

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