Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Notes and annotations by Pamela Espeland
from the book...
There is a
skeleton in the Mattatuck Museum in Connecticut. It has been in the town
for over 200 years. In 1996, community members decided to find out what
they could about it. Historians discovered that the bones were those of a
slave name Fortune, who was owned by a local doctor. After Fortune's
death, the doctor rendered the bones. Further research revealed that
Fortune had married, had fathered four children, and had been baptized
later in life. His bones suggest that after a life of arduous labor, he
died in 1798 at about the age of 60.
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