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Black Boston pin-on buttons

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A package of 3 Black Boston pin-on buttons which reflect the year 1638, when a small group of enslaved Africans arrived in Boston and established the first Black Boston community.

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A package of 3 Black Boston pin-on buttons which reflect the year 1638, when a small group of enslaved Africans arrived in Boston aboard a merchant ship named “Desire.”  The Governor of Massachusetts at the time issued the equivalent of an executive order to define who enslaved people were and what their legal rights in early Boston would be. The wording distinguished the enslaved from free people and gave Boston’s 3,000 residents the right to use the enslaved to perform work, build the economy and fight wars. The word “Slave” was rarely if ever used in Early Boston at the time.

The AMAZING thing is ..like the Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts, survived hardships and gave births to the ancestors of  people living today who can accurately trace back to the Puritans of Plimoth Colony, the Africans did the exact same thing, however; the lack of documentation prevents a living Black Bostonian to trace their origin back to this original 1638 cohort.