African American History Forum
Paul Cuffe 1759 - 187
Quite the man of his time. Colonial Merchant and Seaman.
Paul Cuffee (January 17, 1759—September 9, 1817) was an African-American businessman, patriot, and abolitionist. Cuffee built a lucrative shipping empire, even building his first three ships. He also built the first school of Westport, Massachusetts, which was racially integrated. A devout Christian, Cuffee often preached and spoke at the Sunday services at the bi-racial Society of Friends meeting house in Westport, even fronting most of the money to build a new meeting house in 1813. In Africa, Cuffee helped to establish The Friendly Society of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to support the former slave colony.