The American Revolution and African Americans


Thousands of African Americans fought in the American War of Independence. Did you know that as many as one-third of Patriot soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill were African Americans? This page is sponsored by USA.

Right: Crispus Attucks, first American Patriot to die in the American Revolution


African Americans in the Revolutionary Period

Black Patriots of the American Revolution
by David Barton of Wallbuilders Black History Issue 2004

African Americans in Military History: List of Print Resources

African Americans in the American Revolution: Washington State University

The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution,
with Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons:
to which is added a Brief Survey of the Condition and Prospects of Colored Americans,

by William C. Nell.

The Declaration of Independence: To What Extent Did It Have Meaning for African Americans?
by John Pyne and Gloria Sesso
Reprinted from the OAH Magazine of History 9 (Spring 1995).
ISSN 0882-228X
Copyright (c) 1995, Organization of American Historians

Africans in America from PBS: General Resources

Rev. Absalom Jones 1746-1818 from the African American Registry

Absalom Jones a force in Black Spirituality
A Petition of Absalom Jones and Others:
Philadelphia 30th of December 1799

Africans in America from PBS: Rev. Lemuel Hayes (1753-1833)

Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833:
A Book Review from the College of William & Mary

Lemuel Hayes: The Heath Anthology of American Literature (Fifth Edition),
courtesy of Houghton-Mifflin Publishers.

Crispus Attucks, American Revolutionary Patriot and
the First to Die in Defense of American Independence

Crispus Attucks: African American History Through the Arts

The Murder of Crispus Attucks: American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Crispus Attucks: Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College

Biography of Crispus Attucks: Crispus Attucks Association

The Gravesite of Crispus Attucks



"The Centennial morning dawns! As the fiery chariot of the God of Day rises from the bosom of the Atlantic, and the mountain peaks catch his first beams, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the cannons voice is heard from ten thousand throats of iron, hailing the birthday of the Nation, and the chorus of thunder is swollen into a pause of praise by the mingling shouts of patriotism."


~ G. W. Woods, Surgeon.
from an Address delivered at the American Centennial Celebration
at the Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, July 4, 1876.
Source: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 8, 1876.