Fortune's Bones

Fortune's Bones

The Manumission Requiem

Book - 2004
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Presents a collection of poems written to honor the life of Fortune, a slave in eighteenth-century Connecticut whose body was donated to science upon his death.

Perseus Publishing
There is a skeleton in the Mattatuck Museum in Connecticut. It has been in the town for over 200 years. In 1996, community members decided to find out what they could about it. Historians discovered that the bones were those of a slave name Fortune, who was owned by a local doctor. After Fortune's death, the doctor rendered the bones. Further research revealed that Fortune had married, had fathered four children, and had been baptized later in life. His bones suggest that after a life of arduous labor, he died in 1798 at about the age of 60. Merilyn Nelson wrote The Manumission Requiem to commemorate Fortune's life. Detailed notes and archival photographs enhance the reader's appreciation of the poem.


Publisher: Asheville, NC : Front Street, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781932425123
1932425128
Branch Call Number: J 811 NELSO
Characteristics: 31 pages

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