Jeffrey Brace was a former slave who was taken from West Africa around 1750 and a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. He became the first African-American citizen of Poultney, Vermont. Brace became blind in his later years and published his memoirs under the title The Blind African Slave or the Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace. The faculty union at the University of Vermont now offers a $500 book award in his name "to students who exemplify academic excellence and an active commitment to achieving social and economic justice."
|Died||April 20, 1827 (84-85)|
|Other names||Boyrereau Brinch|
|Occupation||Slave, Sailor, Soldier, Farmer, Author|
|Spouse(s)||Susannah Dublin (Susanna)|
|Allegiance||United Kingdom, Connecticut, United States|
|Service/||Royal Navy (1756-1763), Continental Army (1775–1781)|
|Battles/wars||French and Indian War American Revolutionary War|
Following the war, Jeffrey Brace received his freedom from his former master in Connecticut.
Jeffrey Brace died on April 20, 1827, in Georgia, Vermont.
- "Jeffrey Brace: First African American Citizen of Poultney - Poultney Vermont Historical Society". Poultney Vermont Historical Society.
- "United Academics: The Brace Award". unitedacademics.org. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- Brace, Jeffrey. The Blind African Slave or the Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace.
- Nell, William Cooper. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, With Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons: To Which Is Added a Brief Survey of the Condition And Prospects of Colored Americans.