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By James Johnston

From Slave send to Harvard is the real tale of an African American relations in Maryland over six generations. the writer has reconstructed a special narrative of black fight and fulfillment from work, images, books, diaries, courtroom files, criminal files, and oral histories. From Slave send to Harvard strains the family members from the colonial interval and the yankee Revolution during the Civil warfare to Harvard and at last today.

Yarrow Mamout, the 1st of the kinfolk in the United States, was once an informed Muslim from Guinea. He was once dropped at Maryland at the slave send Elijah and received his freedom forty-four years later. by means of then, Yarrow had turn into so renowned within the Georgetown portion 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 hide of this e-book. the writer the following unearths that Yarrow’s quick relatives—his sister, niece, spouse, and son—were awesome of their personal correct. His son married into the neighboring Turner relatives, and the farm group in western Maryland referred to as Yarrowsburg was once named for Yarrow Mamout’s daughter-in-law, Mary “Polly” Turner Yarrow. The Turner line finally 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 heritage of race in Maryland. it's a diversified photograph from what so much folks think. Relationships among blacks and whites have been way more advanced, and the races extra depending on one another. thankfully, as this one family’s adventure exhibits, participants of either races again and again improved to minimize divisions and to maneuver the United States towards the varied society of today.

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