Black Patriots no longer forgotten

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 08:55 AM.

She noted that while the average colonist enlisted and fought in the Revolution for six months, African-Americans “enlisted for the duration, about 4 1/2 years.”

“They were there in a significant way and in significant numbers,” Lane said. “It is something our children need to learn, the significant contribution of the men of color in the Revolutionary War.”

Joseph Dooley, the president general for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, said that as much as 10 percent of Colonial forces were black.

“Could we have won our freedom with a 10 percent loss of our troops,” he asked.

He talked about the invisibility of most blacks in the Revolution, including history books.

He said it was a century after the war before a significant book was written on their impact.

“It is sad that Americans of all colors don’t know their own history,” he said. “The men we honor today were freedom fighters.”

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