A recent entry on the Virginia Humanities’ Website Encyclopedia Virginia shares the story of Archer Alexander. The contributor is Dorris Keeven-Franke who is an award-winning author of books on Missouri history whose forthcoming book Archer Alexander – The Untold Story of an American Hero shares the story of the unidentified enslaved man rising before President Abraham Lincoln on the Emancipation Monument.
Archer Alexander (d. December 8, 1880)
Archer Alexander was a formerly enslaved man who served as the model for the Emancipation Monument dedicated on the eleventh anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Alexander was born enslaved in Rockbridge County in the early nineteenth century. In 1829, Alexander’s enslaver, James Alexander, brought him to Missouri, where Alexander worked as an enslaved laborer, eventually being sold to members of the Pitman family…Encyclopedia Virginia https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/archer-alexander-d-december-8-1880/
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