Eliza Potter [1820–?]

Although free blacks can be found living in nearly every section of the city, the majority of us are clustered in three neighborhoods near the river: Bucktown, Little Africa, and the area that would come to be known as Little Bucktown. Many blacks work as laborers on the waterfront or as stewards, cooks, or deckhands on the steamboats. It is important for these men to live within walking distance of the river. Other blacks are employed as domestics, washerwomen, or cooks in the many hotels and boardinghouses that can be found in the area.

Deckhands moving freight on board a steamboatDeckhands moving freight on board a steamboat
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