Archives.com has published a free database called Patriots of Color.
These records contain information about men and women of color who fought for American independence as soldiers, skilled craftsmen and servants.
More than two years of research, facilitated by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, was dedicated to verifying the service and complexions of patriots from each of the 13 colonies using records such as pension and bounty land application files, muster and pay rolls, lists of troops, court records, legislative records, census records and more.
You can learn the person’s name and alternate names used, complexion, state and type of service, and pension and bounty land warrant numbers (if applicable). Here’s an example of a database record:
If you find someone of interest, click the Resources Used button at the bottom for more about the resources you can check to get additional information.