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Re: John Jack gravestone and epitaph
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Below is some information that was forwarded to me about John Jack:
"Last week I was visiting in Concord, Mass. and saw John Jacks' tombstone in the original city cemetary. John Jack was a former slave who had been owned by shoemaker Benjamin Barron of Concord, MA. Jack was able to buy his freedom and before his death on March 17, 1773. According to the local historian his epitaph was written by a local attorney who was an active abolitionist.
This attorney was also a Torrey and supported the British during the Revolutionary War. He had to flee for his life since Concord was a hot bed of British resistance. No one ever knew for sure where he went.
Here's the tombstone epitaph he wrote:
God wills us free
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