Susie King Taylor

Susie King Taylor


BORN A SLAVE, AS SUSIE BAKER IN AUG. 6, 1848, SERVED AS A TEACHER, COOK, NURSE AND LAUNDRESS WITH THE 33 U.S. COLORED TROOPS.  REARED BY GRANDMOTHER SAVANNAH, GA., WON FREEDOM AT AGE 14 AFTER SERVING ON FEDERAL GUNBOAT.  AUTHORED A BLACK WOMANS CIVIL WAR MEMORIES.  BOARDED A GUNBOAT DURING ATTACK ON FORT PULASKI.  AFTER SUCCESSFUL ATTACK MAJOR GENERAL HUNTER ANNOUNCED THAT ALL SLAVES IN AREA WOULD BE FREE.  AT AGE OF 14 SUSIE REMAINED ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND SERVING WITH THE SOLDIERS OF 1st SC VOLUNTEERS.  SHE TAUGHT THE CHILDREN OF THE ISLAND, HELPED SOLDIERS WITH READING AND WRITING. SERVED UNTIL END OF THE WAR.  AT THE END OF WAR SHE CONTINUED HER LIFE OF SERVICE IN BOSTON, SHE CONTINUED TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

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