Norton Minors: “...a Caulker and Ship Carpenter”
Norton Minors’ story shows the dramatic scope of colonial slavery. He, like many enslaved people, was shuttled between New England and the Caribbean before self-liberating and returning north.
Advertisement for Norton Minors, a fugitive.
May 21, 1762
From the New-Hampshire Gazette, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Courtesy, Newsbank/Readex, Early American Newspapers Collection and University of New Hampshire Library.
It was rare for enslaved individuals to have a surname. Minors’s last name did not match that of any of his three enslavers. He may have taken this name himself or it may have been added to differentiate between him and another person named Norton.
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