Profile: Peter Salem (1750-1816)

Peter Salem was an American Moor from Massachusetts who served as a U.S. soldier in the American Revolutionary War. Born into slavery in Framingham, he was freed by a later master, Major Lawson Buckminster, to serve in the local militia. He then enlisted in the Continental Army, serving for nearly five years during the war. Afterward, he married and worked as a cane weaver. A monument was erected to him in the late 19th century at his grave in Framingham. Continue reading Profile: Peter Salem (1750-1816)