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Intriguing and shameful ways Africans were renamed after their capture by slave traders

August 10, 2018 at 01:30 pm | History

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

August 10, 2018 at 01:30 pm | History

Names of Pride

Freed slaves started to use names that asserted that they were free. A popular example of such surnames was Freeman and Lawson. Other names of pride included Brown, Black, West, Silver, Gold etc. In rare cases, Slaves gave themselves names according to locations where they gained their freedom or occupations they picked up after getting their freedom. Typical examples include  Hall, Tailor, Maison and Wood.

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