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INOCULATION LITTLE KNOWN BLACK HISTORY FACT

LITTLE KNOWN BLACK HISTORY FACT

Inoculation was introduced to America

by a slave.

Few details are known about the birth

of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was

born in Africa in the late seventeeth

century before eventually landing in

Boston. One of a thousand people of

African descent living in the Massachusetts

colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan

church minister Cotton Mather from his

congregation in 1706. Onesimus told

Mather about the centuries old tradi-

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