Pre-Civil War African American Family Made A Home in New England

You’re about to hear the story of a pre-Civil War African American family. Lucy Terry grew up in Deerfield, Massachusetts in the 1720s. She was a slave and is considered the first known African-American poet. Abijah Prince was a slave and a veteran of the French and Indian Wars. When he gained his freedom, he went to Deerfield and married Lucy. They started a family and became land owners in Massachusetts and Vermont. But neighboring land owners who were white tried to drive them away. Lucy argued her case before Vermont’s Supreme Court — and won.