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The First Free Negro in America ?

John Phillip was a baptized Negro from England. That John Phillip was permitted to testify in court at Jamestown suggests that he was not a slave, but a free man. John Phillip clearly preceded Mathias DeSousa as a free Negro in America. On this historic day it is thought fitting to learn more of John Phillip.

1. Is there any earlier record of a Free Negro in America?

2. Is there any further info available re John Phillip of Jamestown ?

3. Is John Phillip an anglisization of Jean Phillipe?

4. I was unable to participate in any of the Jamestown anniversary activities other than appearing in the Jamestown Settlement introductory film. Was there any mention of John Phillip in Jamestown activities or was the focus solely on slaves?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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