A rare powder horn belonging to an African-American soldier killed during the War of Independence was exhibited in Philadelphia.

The richly carved cow horn belonged to Gershom Prince, who served Captain Durkee of the 4th Regiment of Connecticut during the French and Indian wars and the war of evolution.

The horn, which was used to store gunpowder, bears the name and images of Prince, including trees and forts. The artifact will be on display at the Museum of the American Revolution until the end of 2019.

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Prince, who according to experts, was probably a free man, survived the battles of Germantown and Brandywine, as well as the hard winter camp at Valley Forge. He was killed on July 3, 1778 during an attack by Iroquois and Loyalists in the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania. The powder cone was removed from the body of the dead soldier.

Denise Dennis and the powder horn. (Museum of the American Revolution)

Denise Dennis and the powder horn. (Museum of the American Revolution)

"Very few gun horns of the Black Independence War survive," said Dr. Philip Mead, Chief Historian and Director of Conservative Affairs of the Museum, in a statement. "This is probably the only surviving powder horn of a black soldier who was killed in action. It is a moving testimony to the contribution of African Americans to the freedom of this country in its infancy. "

Prince's is the definitive name for a monument erected on the site of the Battle of Wyoming. "The last name under the heading" Private "is" Gershom Prince, of color, "says the Museum in its statement.

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The horn is loaned to the museum by the Luzerne County Historical Society in Pennsylvania. Prince's family donated this artifact to the Historical Society in the 1950s.

Denise Dennis and Philip Mead (Museum of the American Revolution)

Denise Dennis and Philip Mead (Museum of the American Revolution)

"Knowing stories like those of Gershom Prince and other patriots of the African-American War of Independence benefits all Americans by reminding us of our common heritage," said Prince's descendant, Denise Dennis, in his press release. "Their stories tell Americans that even at a time when most blacks were enslaved, there were African-American sons of freedom who fought for the country's independence as well as for their own freedom. and that of their slave brothers. "

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Powder horns offer a fascinating glimpse of the American past. An eighteenth-century gunpowder container made from an ox horn was recently returned to the Detroit area museum, where it was stolen more than 60 years ago.

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The horn, manufactured in 1757, was used during the French and Indian Wars, the War of Independence and 1812.

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