(b. c. 1760; d. 1802), black Loyalist, Methodist preacher, Sierra Leone settler, and author. Born into slavery near Charleston, South Carolina, Boston King followed his parents into labor on the plantation. His father was a native-born African, kidnapped and sold into slavery as a child; his mother was a healer who learned herbal medicine from local American Indians. At the age of sixteen, King was bound as an apprentice to a carpenter, who subjected him to cruel beatings. King fled his master when the British captured the city of Charleston during the American Revolutionary War, and he won his freedom by taking refuge behind British lines.
From Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: United States History.