AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Sandra Many Thanks for Hosting A Needed Forum
Dear Sandra and the Afrigeneas Family:
Soon after the Afrigeneas created this Forum, many of us discussed the definition of Free People of Color. I've come a long way in understanding their history and genealogy.
The postings and queries have taken us on an insightful journey through the history of the Americas. The FPOC profile fits no one but themselves. Every family history is different and unique.
Some invaluable historical information that I've learned:
*Close to one out of ten persons was free on the eve of the Civil War. (Thanks David Paterson)
*The Underground Railroad was just ONE of the many "roads to freedom."
*Northern States like Ohio had large thriving FPOC populations.
*FPOC lived in Northwest America.
*The majority of FPOC were not the offspring of rich Louisiana planters.
*North Carolina had a large FPOC population.
*FPOC knew who their fathers were.
*FPOC gained their freedom by enlisting in wars before the Civil War.
*FPOC were feared and despised by Whites.
*FPOC of color were restricted by laws that mirrored enslavement.
*The Spanish laws that governed Colonial Florida and the Lower South made it much easier for slaves to gain their freedom.
*There is a wealth of information on the Internet and in archives that chronicle FPOC.
No longer are FPOC slightly insidious, obsequious and mysterious personas, thanks to your postings, they are one of millions of African-Americans who shaped this country.
Perhaps you have some insight to share with the Forum?
Thanks so very very much Sandra for your stewardship.
K Wyer Lane
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