The story of James Forten, born a free man in Philadelphia on September 2, 1766, tells of his capture and imprisonment aboard the British prison ship Jersey off the coast of New York during the American Revolutionary War.
A Gallery Guide highlighting stories from our galleries that specifically address African American History will be available throughout the month of February
Curator’s Choice Case – Meshek Moxley, Gunsmith Extraordinaire
Meshek Moxley was a black gunsmith who worked in Bellefontaine, Ohio from around 1840 to 1880. Little is known of his history, but he was originally from Virginia and believe to have been a freedman. The number of free blacks in Moxley's age group in Ohio in 1850 was less than one percent of that for the corresponding group of white males.