Happy birthday, Paul Cuffee (Jan. 17, 1759 – Sept. 9, 1817)! ‪#‎Quaker‬. ‪#‎Pacifist‬. ‪#‎Abolitionist‬. Sea captain. Businessman. Built a large New England shipping empire from scratch. His father was a slave, probably from Ghana. His mother was a Native American of the Wampanoag Nation on Martha’s Vineyard. Paul spent many years and many dollars working to colonize Sierra Leone with freed slaves. In 1813, he was the biggest contributor to rebuilding the Westport Friends’ Meeting House. Buried in Friends Central Cemetery, Westport, Massachusetts. His personal papers were published by Howard University Press in 1996 as: “Captain Paul Cuffe’s Logs and Letters, 1808-1817: A Black Quaker’s ‘Voice from Within the Veil’.”
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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