Saturday, August 07, 2010
Courier Staff Report
Thomas Lewis Johnson, born into slavery in Rock-Raymon, Virginia, on August 7, 1836, became a minister, missionary and author after being freed by the Civil War.
Johnson was the son a freeman with one-eighth African ancestry, and an enslaved woman. His grandfather had been brought to America from Guinea, Africa. When Thomas was three, his father attempted to buy his wife and son, but their owner refused and moved them to Alexandria, VA. When Johnson was 12 years old, he was taken from his mother and sent to work in Fredericksburg, VA.
Read Thomas Johnson's book, Twenty-Eight Years as a Slave, free from the University of North Carolina.