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  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Thomas Augusta (1825 - 1890)
    Civil War Union Army Surgeon. The first African American surgeon in the U.S. Army. Highest ranked black officer during the Civil War and the first black to hold a medical commission in the Union Army...
  • Frans Haal (b. - bef.1694)
    Frans must have witnessed considerable fascinating ventures on the part of his owner Thomas Hall, the English tobacco planter whose widow later freed him. This may not have been out of the kindness of ...
  • Anthony Portugis (1641 - d.)
    Maria (Maritie)'s twin. ostensibly freed as a member of his father father's family, along with siblings. aka Anthony Antonisse needs to be checked... Was this the Amthony the Negro who lived b...
  • Lare (or Hilary) Criolyo (bef.1627 - aft.1683)
    • Lare Criolyo was born a black or 1/2 black Creole slave (half Caribbean Euro/Portuguese/Spanish, & half black). Capt. Jan de Vries came to New Netherland in 1644 and brought Hilary with him. He had b...
  • Simon Congo, immigrant slave (aft.1600 - aft.1667)
    One of the DWIC freed slaves who was granted a larger parcel of land (20 morgens), part of a section of Manhattan that was once owned by DWIC Director Wouter Van Twiller Indeed, Simon most probably wor...

From Wikipedia:

Person of color

The term "person of color" is today primarily used in the United States to describe any person who is not considered white. The term encompasses all non-white people, emphasizing common experiences of systemic racism. The term may also be used with other collective categories of people such as "communities of color", "men of color", and "women of color". The term "colored" was originally equivalent in use to the term person of color, but usage of the appellation "colored" in the Southern United States gradually came to be restricted to "negroes", and is now considered a racial pejorative.

This project is a place to collect Geni profiles of people identified and documented as FPOC (Free Person of Color) because of their historical and social significance, to remember their lives with the honor and respect too often denied them in their lifetime.


Although there is no path currently in Geni showing a kinship connection between the families of Artemis Wires and Emmanuel Driggers, one of Artemis' direct descendants has DNA matches to the surname Driggers and has an inlaw path to Emmanuel Driggers via Old Cheraw lines, as well as DNA matches to descendants of the Chavis family. Hopefully as Geni connections continue to be made, the relationship between these lines will become more clear.

notable descendants of slaves