Today in History: Militia Integrated in the War of Independence
On this day in 2002, Militia Integrated in the War of Independence: The first integrated army in American history was the colonial militia that fought the early battles of the War of Independence.
African American minutemen fought on the front lines in the first battles against British authority.
African Americans assembled at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, to defend Boston against a threatened attack by His Majesty’s regiments.
One of the first to see combat was Prince Easterbrook’s, a Lexington slave, who was a member of Captain John Parker’s company.
He was wounded at the battle of Concord.
He survived, however, to fight in many other companies throughout the Revolutionary War.