November 29th, 2006


The "French Negroes" of Illinois–Part III

Their surnames included Allard, Barbeau, Chalot, Godier, Jacques, Micheau, Paschal, and Roy. They were free people. They were the French Negroes of southern Illinois. They were clustered in Randolph, Union, Jackson, and St Clair counties. How did they get there and where did they come from? Their story probably begins on the Caribbean island of Hispanola, where on December 5, …Continue reading →

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