Abraham, a black slave who carried messages between the frontier and Charles Town during wars with the Cherokee , for which he was freed. See The Slave in European Art for portraits. Absalom Jones — February 13, , former slave who purchased his freedom, abolitionist and clergyman — first ordained black priest of the Episcopal Church. Aelfsige, a male cook in Anglo-Saxon England, property of Wynflaed , who left him to her granddaughter Eadgifu in her will.
Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Inscoe, Some scholars of slavery have come to view the names and naming of slaves as a meaningful gauge of many aspects of slave life and culture and of how their customs changed over time. Anthropologist Meyer Fortes's observation that the naming practices of any society "epitomize personal experiences, historical happenings, attitudes to life, and cultural ideas and values" holds particularly true for African American slaves.