Boyrereau Brinch, Kingdom of Bow-Woo, West Africa
|Died||April 20, 1827
|Other names||Boyrereau Brinch|
|Occupation||slave, sailor, soldier, farmer, author|
|Spouse(s)||Susannah Dublin (Susanna)|
|Allegiance||United Kingdom, Connecticut, United States|
|Service/branch||Royal Navy (1756-1763), Continental Army (1775–1781)|
|Battles/wars||American Revolutionary War|
A former slave, taken from West Africa, around 1750 and a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, Jeffrey Brace became the first African-American citizen, of Poultney, Vermont. Brace became blind, in his later years and published his memoirs under the title The Blind African Slave or the Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace. The faculty union, at the University of Vermont, now offers a $500 book award, in his name, giving it "to students who exemplify academic excellence and an active commitment to achieving social and economic justice."
Following the war, Jeffrey Brace, received his freedom, from his former master, in Connecticut.
Jeffrey Brace, died on April 20, 1827, in Georgia, Vermont.
- Brace, Jeffrey. The Blind African Slave or the Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace.
- Nell, William Cooper. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, With Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons: To Which Is Added a Brief Survey of the Condition And Prospects of Colored Americans.