OVERLOOKED PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED

Philip Reed, The Enslaved Man Who Rescued Freedom

Lantern of the dome of the United States Capitol, Washington D. C. by Andreas Praefcke

In January 2009, a man who had vanished into the mists of history made a brief reappearance with the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The man was Philip Reid, and if you google his name along with Obama’s, you’ll find dozens of articles that share the little-known history of Reid, the formerly…

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