I have researched and put together a series on African American heroes, patriots and founding fathers of America. Most of them were slaves so many of them have little recorded about their lives. As I did this research I was amazed at the impact these people had on our country and I had never heard of many of them. I hope you will step back into time with me and learn about these forgotten Americans. I encourage you to research them more if one of their stories touches you.
John Marrant (1755-1791)
John Marrant was able to read and spell by the age of 11. He was taught how to play the French horn and violin. He would often be entertaining at local at balls.
At the age of 13 Marrant was taken to hear Methodist preacher George Whitefield and was converted. His family disagreed with his decision to convert. He left home and he wandered in the wilderness, relying on God to feed and protect him. He was found by a Cherokee hunter and taken to a Cherokee town, where he was sentenced to death. Miraculously, he was saved when Marrant converted the Cherokee leader.
Marrant lived with the Cherokees for two years before returning to Charleston, where his own family didn’t recognize him. John Marrant became a Methodist minister after the American Revolution. He traveled the Nova Scotia area as a missionary. Marrant was ordained by Prince Hall and became a mason where he was chaplain of the lodge. He is known for giving powerful anti-slavery sermons at the mason’s lodge.
Heroes of the Revolution. Adler, David. Holiday House Publishers. New York City, NY. 2003