Paul Cuffe

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A Self-Made Man, Capt. Paul Cuffee. This small pamphlet was written by the great grandson of Paul Cuffe to mark the dediciation of a monument to Paul Cuffe on June 15th 1913 at the Quaker meeting house in Westport. Available as PDF here.

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Exploring Paul Cuffe: The Man and his Legacy

A Public Symposium Saturday October 3, 2009

Opening keynote by Lamont Thomas

Lamont Thomas is the author of “Rise to be a People: A Biography of Paul Cuffe.”

Local Relationships and Cuffe

Paul Cuffe’s Social Networks and Entrepreneurial Success by Marion Kilson

Marion Kilson, scholar, Museum of African American History and author of “Kpele Lala:Ga Religious Songs and Symbols.”

The Collaboration of Captain Paul Cuffe and Captain Isaac Cory of Westport by Richard Kugler

Richard C. Kugler, former director New Bedford Whaling Museum.

In the Time of Cuffe

Thou Art Often the Companion of my Mind: Cuffe, James Forten and the Portrait of a Friendship by Julie Winch

Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts, Boston, author of “A Gentleman of Color: A Biography of James Forten.”

Rise to Be a People – Sierra Leone

The Struggle for Respect: Paul Cuffe and his Nova Scotian Friends in Sierra Leone by David C. Cole

David Cole, former lecturer on Economics, Harvard University, author of “Between a Swamp and a Hard Place:Developmental Challenges in Remote Rural Africa.”

If Paul Cuffe Had Lived a Few Years Longer: Sierra Leone and Liberia, As they Might Have Been by Kevin Lowther

Kevin Lowther, former director of Africare, author of forthcoming “The African-American Odyssey of John Kizell.”


This letter appeared in the Feb 23 1863 edition of the New Bedford Evening Standard.

James Congdon writes about Paul Cuffe.