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Who were Free People of Color?

Hello Afrigeneas:

I would be interested in understanding your definition of a Free Person of Color. How did they gain their freedom? Were their ancestors free or enslaved? Does the definition vary according to region or state?

I've read all too often that the definition includes words such as privileged, offpring of a rich planter, mixed heritage etc. I believe that the lives of these free people tell a different tale. Your comments and perceptions would be invaluable to this discussion group. In addition, your voice will present another historical dimension to the lives of African-Americans.

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