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Joan & John Jackson’s Story

Part 3

Suing for Freedom

The story of Joan and John Jackson illustrates the difficult and painful choices faced by enslaved parents who tried to keep family members from being sold apart. Even freedom was no guarantee for enslaved families in the colonial North.

A page of the Joshua Hempsted diary


Joshua Hempsted (English, born Connecticut colony, 1678–1758)

Some of what historians know about the life of Adam Jackson can be found in the diary of his enslaver, Joshua Hempsted.

New London County Historical Society, New London, CT.

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