"C" is for Caesar (ca. 1682-ca. 1754)

Mar 2, 2020

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"C" is for Caesar (ca. 1682-ca. 1754). Enslaved Person, medical practitioner. Caesar was an enslaved person who gained his freedom in 1750 in exchange for his revealing knowledge of cures for poison and rattlesnake bite.  Upon hearing of his cures, the Commons House began an investigation into their effectiveness. After having his remedies verified by physicians and other notables, the Commons House of Assembly granted him his freedom and awarded him an annual pension of £100 currency. In May 1750 the South-Carolina Gazette published Caesar’s cures and reprinted them in 1751. His cures subsequently found their way into publications across the colonies and in England—where they appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine and other publications as late as 1797. Caesar is widely considered the first African American to have his medical findings appear in print.