Do you know? William Tucker is the first Black child born in the American colonies

By Duchess Magazine

In 1606, the first recorded birth of a Black African child in the United States of America occurred.  The child was born in a Cathedral Parish Archives in St. Augustine, Florida, 13 years before more enslaved Africans were brought to the English colony at Jamestown in 1619.

William Tucker, the first Black child born in the American colonies, was baptized on 3 January 1624, in Jamestown, Virginia. Two of the first Black Africans to be brought to North America in 1619 were simply called Anthony and Isabella they were married and in 1624 gave birth to the first Black child born in English America naming him William in honor of a Virginia Planter.

After 1619, all Africans brought into the colonies were sold as slaves. Today, the Black population Is over 35 million in the United States of America in total.  The largest numbers of Blacks live in New York State (more than 3 million). Other states with Black populations of more than 2 million include California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

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