American Founders’ Month in Florida continues! Today, we will meet George Middleton. Colonel Middleton was one of the leaders of the African-American community in Revolutionary-era Boston, and helped established a predominately African-American militia during the war. This militia, known as ‘The Protectors’, helped defend property and people in Massachusetts throughout the war.
Colonel Middleton was also a strong advocate for the rights of African-Americans in the new United States. Whether fighting against slavery and for civil and political rights or equal opportunities for education for African-American children, Middleton is a role a model for citizens in the nation, then and now.
“Freedom is desirable, if not, would men sacrifice their time, their property and finally their lives in the pursuit of this?”
Middleton’s words ring true today. As we enter Freedom Week, it is important that we remember and recognize all of those that have lived those words throughout our history.
Grab the PowerPoint slide at the top of this post here: George Middleton AFM
Additional entries in the American Founders’ Month series:
Introduction to the Founding Fathers
Who Was George Washington?
Abigail Adams: Founding Mother and so much more
John Adams: A Hero of Liberty
James Madison: Father of the Constitution
The Sons of Liberty: The Tea Party and More
Mercy Otis Warren: Antifederalist and Advocate for Liberty
Alexander Hamilton: More Than a Musical