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Five Amazing Facts About Antislavery Lecturer, Playwright William Wells Brown

Early Years

Brown was born an enslaved African in Kentucky, in November 1814. He spent most of his childhood and young adult life as an enslaved African in St. Louis, Missouri working a variety of trades. In his book, William Wells Brown, Ezra Greenspan says that because Brown was given the job of tending to a young man also called William, his name was changed to Sandford.

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