Representative Allen West (FL 22nd CD) Rally on Lexington Green – August 5, 2012 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

August 2, 2012 in Rally

Congressman Allen West
Time Change To 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Due to campaign constraints Congressman Allen West (Colonel US Army Retired) representing Florida’s 22nd District will be the sole speaker  and will make a momentary stop in front of the Easterbrook Memorial between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. He will be paying homage to the first black slave and Minuteman to be wounded in the Revolutionary War.  Be sure to bring your patriotic U.S. flags, your spouse, your children, your friends as well as your patriotic fervor! Please no signs.
Buckman Tavern
1 Bedford Street – Lexington
Details Date/Time
Date(s) – 5 Aug 2012
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Prince Estabrook was a black slave and Minutemen Private who fought and was wounded at the Battle of Lexington, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. An undated broadside from the time identified him as “a Negro Man”, spelled his name Easterbrooks, and listed him among the wounded from Lexington. Born around 1741, he was a slave belonging to the family of Benjamin Estabrook from whom he most likely took his name

He was honored in 2008 by the city of Lexington with a monument erected in front of Buckman Tavern as being the first black combatant of the American Revolution and for representing the thousands of slaves who fought for their country even though their own freedom was not afforded to their people until almost a hundred years later. The inscription on the marker reads:

In Honor of Prince Estabrook — Prince Estabrook was a slave who lived in Lexington. At dawn on April, 19, 1775, he was one of the Lexington Minute Men awaiting the arrival of the British Regulars at the Buckman Tavern. In the battle which followed, Prince Estabrook was wounded on Lexington Green. Through circumstances and destiny, he thus became the first black soldier to fight in the American Revolution. — This monument is dedicated to the memory of Prince Estabrook and the thousands of other courageous black patriots long denied the recognition they deserve. — Donated by the Alice Hinkle Memorial Fund — April 21, 2008

Memorial

Prince Estabrook memorial in Lexington, MA, USA.