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Meet Engineer Benjamin Montgomery: The Inventor Who Bought the Plantation Where He Was Once Enslaved

Benjamin Montgomery was born an enslaved African in 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia. His master was Joseph Davis, a Mississippi planter and older brother of future President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis. Blackinventor.com mentions that Davis’ children taught Montgomery how to read and write, and he was assigned to run the general store on the Davis Bend Plantation. Because of his excellent work, Davis put Montgomery in charge of overseeing the entirety of his purchasing and shipping operations on the plantation.

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