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Moses Grandy (ca. 1786? - ?), was an African-American author, abolitionist, and, for more than the first four decades of his life, an enslaved person.
Grandy was enslaved until he was approximately 44 years old. Under three successive slaveholders, he held a series of jobs from which he was allowed to retain a portion of his earnings.
He purchased his freedom three times, but was betrayed by his first two slaveholders. It was not until his third attempt —— under Enoch Sawyer, for whom he worked as a boat captain and as a field hand —— that he was actually freed.
After he was freed, he traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, and then to Boston, Massachusetts, where he lived for approximately ten years. He was able to purchase his wife in 1833, and sometime thereafter, with the help of fellow abolitionists, he was able to free his son.
In 1842, he traveled to London to help the abolitionist cause by providing a firsthand account of the cruelties of slavery. In that same year, he dictated his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America, to fellow abolitionist George Thompson. The autobiography was published the following year in London. It sold well and appeared in several editions.
Moses Grandy Trail
- Bartel, Bill (November 23, 2009), What's in a name? Moses Grandy Trail, Virginian-Pilot, PilotOnline, retrieved April 20, 2013
- Andrews, William L., Ed. (2003), North Carolina Slave Narratives: The Lives of Moses Roper, Lunsford Lane, Moses Grandy, & Thomas H. Jones, University of North Carolina Press, ISBN 0-8078-2821-1.
- Lee, Julia, Moses Grandy, Oxford African American Studies Center.
- Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America, London: Gilpin, 1843.