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Daughters of the American Revolution donates to Briggs Public Library

IRONTON — The Captain James Lawrence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D. A. R.) donated a copy of “Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War” to the Ironton Branch of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library.

The D. A. R. is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. Creating, publishing, and providing books and other materials concerning American patriots are just some of the many services D. A. R. chapters undertake for their communities

Their donation, “Forgotten Patriots,” an 854 page hardback book, was released in 2008. The book identifies 6,600 names of African Americans and American Indians who helped free the colonies from British rule. Researchers will find historical commentary, assorted illustrations, an extensive bibliography and details of the documented service of the patriots listed in the book. Most importantly “Forgotten Patriots” provides information on the challenges faced by researchers when trying to document their ancestor’s service.

“I am thrilled to add such an informative and helpful resource to our collection,” says Lori Shafer, adult services librarian. “This book will provide an excellent source for our genealogy researchers.”

“Forgotten Patriots” can be found in the Phyllis Hamner Genealogy and Local History Room located in the Ironton Branch of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, 321 South 4th Street.