John Punch was an indentured servant – but his employer had been so cruel that he risked it all to find a better life. He escaped into the night in search of a better life.
But unfortunately, that wasn’t the end.
For their crimes, Punch and the other men were whipped. The men were also returned to their employer to have time added to their servitude. That was typical for such cases.
Something VERY atypical, though, happened with Punch.
This was one of the first times legal, lifelong slavery ever took place – and it was because of his race. This opened the door for even more Black indentured servants to be sentenced to slavery.
Enslaving our people was planned and deliberate, so we must understand that true liberation is a struggle – and we will have to fight tooth and nail for our freedom!