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date: 03 July 2020

Myers, Isaaclocked

(13 January 1835–26 January 1891)
  • Sandra Opdycke

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Myers, Isaac (13 January 1835–26 January 1891), labor leader, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of free African-American parents, whose names and occupations are unknown. Myers was barred from public education, but he did attend a private day school run by a local clergyman. Leaving school at sixteen, he served an apprenticeship with a leading black ship caulker and then entered the trade himself, becoming by the age of twenty a supervisor, responsible for caulking some of Baltimore’s largest clipper ships. During this period he married Emma V.; neither the precise year nor her full maiden name is known. They had three children, the first born in 1859....

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