Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How an Enslaved Man Bought His Freedom and Became One of America's Wealthiest Black People

His wealth led him to invest $9,000 in the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge by the 1850s. It would be burned in 1863 to prohibit Confederate soldiers from reaching Lancaster County. And while a claim was filed with the federal government, the bank nor its investors were ever compensated.

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