Paul Cuffe Sr

Paul Cuffe, Sr., one of the most important and least known of the anti-slavery leaders in the United States, was the son of a freed African slave and a Wampanoag Indian woman from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He rose from poverty to become one of the wealthiest men of color in the United States by the first decade of the nineteenth century, his fortune based on skill as a shipbuilder and merchant-captain. Through his biography we see his courage in expressing his passionate opposition to slavery that led to the organization of Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa as a home for manumitted slaves.