Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From Slavery to Freedom

From Slavery to Freedom is an interesting article by OhSugar about famous freed slaves and their contributions to society. I thought it was a great article and extremely informative, especially since I only knew about two of the people covered in her article.

From the Article:

Abram Petrovich Gannibal

Was an African prince, before he was captured and brought to Russia.  After being brought to Russia he became the son, by adoption, of the Russian czar, Peter the Great. As an adult, he held positions such as, major-general, military engineer and governor of Reval, renamed Tallinn, a city in Estonia. His education was completed in Paris. He studied, art, science, and mathematics. He was the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, a great Russian poet and the author of a novel, that he never finished,  titled, Peter the Great's Negro.