Sunday, November 12, 2017

"stumbled across a bill of sale for a Franklin man"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"While every veteran of war is important, there are some, going back 200 years in history of this country, who have received no recognition for their sacrifices because of the color of their skin. 
Susan Elliot, a writing tutor at Dean College and history buff, took it upon herself to honor Charles Paine, a forgotten Revolutionary War veteran, this Veteran’s Day by placing a sign next the memorial on Franklin town common. 
The sign commemorates an African-American slave that served in the Continental Army from 1777 to 1780. Though historical documents prove he was a soldier, his name was omitted from the memorial, because he was also omitted from official enlistment records. 
“What got me fired up is that I went to the town common and he wasn’t listed,” said Elliot, who lives in Milford. “This is part of the whitewashing of history.”

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