Who Was ‘Gunboat’ Purnell

When I found this listing in the Stages of Freedom database, Rhode to Freedom, I was immediately intrigued: George “Gunboat” Purnell: 24 Clarendon Ave. 1865. Built by Washington Cole for workers at Cole Farm. Purnell, “the greatest negro character in the city,” lived here. I determined to discover more about this man, although, I should have […]

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