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Enslaved Africans in the Colony of Connecticut
Receipt to Juba Freeman
State of Connecticut, June 1, 1782
Gladstone Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

In 1777 Juba, a Milford, Connecticut, slave, enlisted in a segregated regiment of the Colony of Connecticut. One-half of Juba's pay went to his master, perhaps to purchase his freedom. Juba, who took the name "Freeman" following his emancipation, is buried in Milford Cemetery. A memorial to him and Milford's six other African American Revolutionary War soldiers is displayed in front of the First Baptist Church in Milford. This receipt indicates the balance due to Milford for his service in the Continental Army.