The work of the Warren Middle Passage Project, to date, has been focused on providing all the information we can on the involvement of the Town and its residents in the slave trade as well as identifying those African Americans who lived in Warren in the 18th and early 19th century. (Our future efforts will take us forward from that period to identify people of color who are their descendants.)
Finding people who have been forgotten or erased is crucial to our mission. Here are names of those men, women and children we have identified so far. With the exception of Jack Blink, all these African Americans carry the names that were given to them by the men who owned them here in Warren. Those in bold served in the Revolutionary War. Those in italics were owned by visitors to Warren who moved on after a few years.
GREAT CAESAR LYNDON
LITTLE CAESAR LYNDON
For some of these people, we know they retained the name they were given during enslavement because we follow their later history. For others, who appear to us in Warren Town Council records only on the day of their emancipation, we do not know what name they chose to use once free. With women, we also must face the fact that their last names often disappear once married. But we have to work with what we have while remembering these men and women might well have wanted to choose their names for themselves.