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Salem Poor
December 5, 1775
Salem Poor was a Black hero of the Revoluntionary War. He distinguished himself so in battle that fourteen American officers praised him before Congress. On this day, a memorial was dedicated to him at Cambridge, Massachusetts which carried the citation that "under our own observation, we declare that a negro man called Salem Poor, of Colonel Frye's regiment, Captain Ame's company, in the late battle of Charleston, behaved like an experienced officer, as well as an excellent soldier."
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