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Paul Cuffee

Born: Jan 17, 1759

Death: Sep 9, 1817

Birthplace: Cuttyhunk Island

Nationality: United States

Paul Cuffee

Date of Birth : Jan 17, 1759
Date of Death : Sep 9, 1817
Birth Place : Cuttyhunk Island

Paul Cuffee or Paul Cuffe was a Quaker businessman, sea captain, patriot, and abolitionist. He was of Aquinnah Wampanoag and West African Ashanti descent and helped colonize Sierra Leone. Cuffe built a lucrative shipping empire and established the first racially integrated school in Westport, Massachusetts. A devout Christian, Cuffee often preached and spoke at the Sunday services at the multi-racial Society of Friends meeting house in Westport, Massachusetts. In 1813, he donated most of the money to build a new meeting house. He became involved in the British effort to resettle freed slaves, many of whom had moved from the US to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution, to the fledgling colony of Sierra Leone. Cuffe helped establish The Friendly Society of Sierra Leone, which provided financial support for the colony.

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