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Overmountain Victory Trail Association

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

In 2016 a monument atop Kings Mountain was dedicated to African Americans who fought Ferguson there. The Kings Mountain National Military Park address is 2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC 29702. The African American Patriots marker is located on the path just southwest of 1880 Centennial memorial and to the east side of Battleground Drive.

National Freedom Day Although the American Colonies were fighting for their freedom from Great Britain during the American Revolution, not everyone who fought was free. The American Colonies at the time practiced slavery in order to maintain their large plantations of rice, naval stores and various other goods. African slaves very seldom found their freedom during this time, and if they did, loopholes often brought the free slaves back into slavery. Men like Thomas Peters of North Carolina joined the Black Pioneers in order to gain his complete freedom. When General Charles Cornwallis sailed to North Carolina during the Moores Creek Campaign in 1776, Peters and other slaves rushed to the coast as the British were offering freedom to the enslaved in exchange for military service. By the end of the war, more than 20,000 African slaves had joined the British Army. Many of these former slaves, along with Thomas Peters, were evacuated to Nova Scotia at the end of the American Revolution. Peters would go on to found Sierra Leone. In contrast, the colonists were a little more reluctant to arm slaves, and by the end of the war, it is estimated that only around 5,000 African slaves had fought for American Independence, many of whom were granted their freedom for their service towards the Patriot cause. One of those slaves, a man named Felton, fought at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. Although men like Felton and Thomas Peters would find their freedom during the American Revolution, millions more would remain in bondage until 1865 at the end of the Civil War. On this day in American history, February 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution that proposed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which officially ended slavery in America. Today we celebrate National Freedom Day!