By James Johnston
Yarrow Mamout, the 1st of the relations in the US, was once an informed Muslim from Guinea. He used to be delivered to Maryland at the slave send Elijah and received his freedom forty-four years later. by way of then, Yarrow had develop into so popular within the Georgetown part of Washington, D.C., that he attracted the eye of the eminent American portrait painter Charles Willson Peale, who captured Yarrow’s visage within the portray that looks at the disguise of this ebook. the writer right here unearths that Yarrow’s instant relatives—his sister, niece, spouse, and son—were striking of their personal correct. His son married into the neighboring Turner family members, and the farm group in western Maryland known as Yarrowsburg used to be named for Yarrow Mamout’s daughter-in-law, Mary “Polly” Turner Yarrow. The Turner line eventually produced Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard college in 1927.
Just as Peale painted the portrait of Yarrow, James H. Johnston’s new ebook places a face on slavery and paints the background of race in Maryland. it's a diverse photograph from what such a lot people think. Relationships among blacks and whites have been way more complicated, and the races extra depending on one another. thankfully, as this one family’s adventure exhibits, contributors of either races many times improved to reduce divisions and to maneuver the USA towards the various society of today.
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