Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence

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Dr. Shirley L. Green will discuss the lives of William and Benjamin Frank, two brothers who enlisted in Rhode Island Regiments during the American Revolutionary War in the Spring of 1777. The brothers' experiences include two major battles and the tragic circumstances met by Rhode Island soldiers at Pnes Bridge (Yorktown, NY) in 1781. Their military experiences also underscore the significant distinction between free blacks in military service and those who had been enslaved, and how they responded in different ways to the harsh realities of war.


Shirley L. Green recieved her Ph.D. in history from Bowling Green State University after a twenty-six year career in law enforcement. She is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. She is currently the director of the Toledo Police Museum in Toledo, Ohio.


This presentation is sponsored by Revolutionary Westchester 250 in cooperation with the Yonkers Historical Society.