“Living Our Purpose:  Enrichment in Heritage” Trivia Questions

The first Africans arrived in the British North American colonies as enslaved people in 1619.  This year (2019) marks 400 years since that historic event.  Despite the tragic adversity of inhumane circumstances and struggles suffered, African Americans have persevered and contributed significantly and substantially to the United States and the world.  This week’s trivia questions will focus on historical facts during the enslavement period that serve as testament that living our purpose in the worst of circumstances is not only possible, but divinely ordered.

Please submit your responses to each question as directed.  A drawing will be conducted each week to select three participants to receive a gift.  Winning participants will be announced during the Taste of Heritage Fest on Sunday, February 24th.  Gifts will also be given at that time.

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* 1.   In 1619, approximately 20 captive Africans were sold into slavery in this city and state in the British North American colonies:

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* 2. Colonial North America’s slave trade began in 1636 when the first American-made carrier was built and launched in Massachusetts. The name of that slave carrier was:

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* 3. Enslaved African labor was necessary for the survival of European colonial economies in the Americas from the 16th through the 19th centuries.  Slaves from West and Central Africa imported the knowledge of how to grow and cultivate this crop in South Carolina and Georgia

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* 4. Approximately 15% of the Continental Army was Black, and General Washington called his army a “mixed multitude.” What was the name of the all-Black unit that served under the only black commissioned officer in the Continental Army, Samuel Middleton?

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* 5. This slave served as a double agent during the American Revolution and volunteered for the Continental Army without the promise of freedom. He was a spy for the Continental Army under General Marquis de Lafayette and served as a waiter in General Cornwallis’ tent where he overheard British plans, which he provided to the Continental Army.

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* 6. In 1770, this Black man became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre.

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* 7. On March 8, 1826, this person became the first African American to obtain a patent, and the patent was for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring.”

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* 8. This slave, while working in the Annapolis Naval Academy, developed a steam engine for warships in the 1840’s but was unable to receive a patent because he was Black. He sold the steam engine and brought his freedom and used the rest to pay legal fees to buy his family’s freedom. What was his name?

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* 9. This term refers to the part of the slave trade where Africans, densely packed onto ships, were transported across the Atlantic to the West Indies. Despite the notoriously brutal, overcrowded, unsanitary and inhumane conditions, millions of our African ancestors survived this journey.

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