The Life of Jeffrey Brace

Join local genealogist Joanne Polanshek for a presentation on the life of Jeffrey Brace (Boyrereau Brinch) and his connections to St. Albans, Vermont on Saturday, September 2 at 2:30pm in the Bliss Room at the Saint Albans Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

“Born in West Africa around 1742, Jeffrey Brace was captured by slave traders at sixteen and shipped to Barbados, where he was sold. After fighting as an enslaved sailor in the Seven Years War, Brace was taken to Connecticut and sold again. Brace later enlisted in the Continental Army in hopes of winning his manumission. After military service, he was honorably discharged and was freed from slavery. In 1784, he moved to Vermont, the first state to make slavery illegal. There he married, bought a farm, and raised a family. Although literate, he was blind when he narrated his life story to an antislavery lawyer, Benjamin Prentiss. Brace died in 1827, a well-respected abolitionist.” (University of Wisconsin Press)

Based upon the book: The Blind African Slave, Or Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace as told to Benjamin F. Prentiss, Esq. – edited and with an introduction by Kari J. Winter.