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Bishop William Heard (1850-1937) and Family Were Maroons Before Emancipation in Georgia

Heard, William H. (William Henry), 1850-1937, Portrait of William H. Heard, published in the book The bright side of African life, 1898, Internet Archive, Open Library (Book contributor: Wellesley College Library),, 14 April 2015 William H. Heard was Bishop to the AME Church, Ambassador to Liberia, Republican party in South Carolina, Lawyer, and more, but he was also a successful black maroon along with his family. I have been studying Slavery's Exiles by Sylviane A. Diouf and watching her interview on C-SPAN. Check out Did Your Ancestor Spend Time as a Maroon During Enslavement? After learning so much about Bishop Wil

Did Your Ancestor Spend Time as a Maroon During Enslavement?

Sylviane A. Diouf, Slavery's Exiles, (C-SPAN: 3 March 2014) , What is an African or Black Maroon? A maroon was not a enslaved person leaving the plantation for a free state or borders for another country. It was a person who left enslavement for good "to go into the Southern woods to stay." I leaned about African or Black Maroons from the book Slavery's Exiles written by Sylviane A. Diouf. "Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora," from Sylviane Anna Diouf, Historian of the African Diaspora. Eric Foner Professor at Columbia University interviewed Sylviane A. Diouf on C-SPAN in 2014 where she gave a history of maroons and her research. Watch Slavery's Exiles

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