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Lucy Terry Prince

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Lucy (Terry) Prince was a black slave owned by Ebenezer Wells (1691-1758) and his wife, Abigail (Barnard), who were a childless couple living on Lot 26 in Deerfield. Lucy, who was brought to Deerfield by Mr. Wells when she was five years old, is credited with being the author of a poem "The Bars Fight," describing the last Indian attack on residents of Deerfield on August 25, 1746. She was known for her storytelling abilities. She married a free African American, Abijah Prince, in 1756 and she and her husband lived for a time in a house built on land at the eastern end of the Wells's homelot before moving permanently to Vermont.


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