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Worldly Possessions: The Material World of a Black Farmer in New England

Thomas Dugan’s Probate Inventory. Massachusetts Archives

By Erica Lome, Ph.D.   In 1827, an obituary posted in the Concord, Massachusetts, newspaper Yeoman’s Gazette noted the passing of Thomas Dugan, a yeoman, or land-owning farmer. The obituary did not mention Dugan’s accomplishments or family, nor did they describe his character – which a later source called “industrious and a peacemaker.” Instead, whoever […]