Magee, Sylvester

Sylvester Magee (May 29, 1941 – October 15, 1971)

Magee was believed to be the last surviving American slave. However, as there are no birth records, his actual date of birth cannot be proven. The oldest person ever on record lived to be 122, but if Magee was actually born in 1941, he would claim that title. Magee was born in slavery in North Carolina and was sold at the age of 19 in Enterprise, Mississippi, to work in Covington County. He escaped slavery and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Some records show he might have served in the Confederate Army for a time as well. After the war, he returned to Mississippi. He died in 1971 in Columbia, MS. He is currently buried in an unmarked grave near Foxworth, MS.

Sources:

Leggett, Karrie. “Foxworth Residents Claim Resting Place of Last American Slave Discovered.” WDAM. 28 Nov. 2011. Web. <http://www.wdam.com/story/16136479/foxworth-residents-claim-resting-place-of-last-american-slave-discovered>.

“Sylvester Magee.” Wikipedia. Web28 Nov. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvester_Magee>.