Poultney honors slave’s life

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A former slave whose memoir is among the only ones known to describe abduction from Africa is about to get a historical marker in Poultney, where he ended up settling.

Descendants of Jeffrey Brace will gather Oct. 12 to dedicate a monument on the Poultney town green.

Brace was enslaved in Africa in 1758 at age 16. He was eventually sold to a Connecticut widow who sent him to school. Brace was freed after fighting in the Revolutionary War.

He then moved to Vermont.

He left behind a memoir that traces his abduction, the crossing of the Atlantic on a slave ship and his life as a slave.

An original copy of the memoir was found in the special collections library at the University of Vermont.

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