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Mornings with Mykel Blackity Black Facts: Mathius de Sousa

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(WEAA) Today we are acknowledging an early settler to Maryland named Mathius de Sousa. 



Only a few documents record the details of his life, nevertheless, he is recognized as the first, free person of African descent to live in Maryland. 


Mathius de Sousa learned skills as a sailor and fur trader to win his freedom.  


He was an indentured servant who eventually became captain of a trading ship owned by a secretary in the Maryland government. 


In 1641 Mathias De Sousa, a free black man, was elected to the Maryland General Assembly.


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