A Moment In History: Local man traces his roots to free blacks who fought in the American Revolution – News ABC 12

The Watch Dog response: So glad I got to know the man. Met him some years ago and attended many meeting in his presence.

HARLOWE, Craven County – It’s a little known but important piece of American history: black soldiers fighting against the British in the Revolutionary War. It’s estimated that 5,000 black soldiers served on the Patriot side during the Revolution, which lasted from 1775 to 1783.

Fourteen free men of color from the Harlowe community of Havelock fought in key battles of the war, with General George Washington leading the fight for independence. 

Ed Carter, 76, of Greenville, traced his genealogy and said he’s related to at least four of the Patriots, but the one ancestor he could prove — Absalom Martin — made it possible for Carter to be inducted into the North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution last August. (Read more)