A member of the Constitutional Convention of 1867 and the Senate of Virginia from 1869 until 1871, George Teamoh was born enslaved in Portsmouth where he spent most of his early life. A skilled laborer, he served as a ship’s carpenter and caulker in the Tidewater area. After his family was sold away from him, he escaped from slavery in 1853 by jumping ship in New York while hired out on a mercantile voyage. He resided in Massachusetts until the end of the Civil War when he returned to Portsmouth and became an important community leader. Teamoh died sometime after 1883.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Portsmouth
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: Near 404 Green Street, Portsmouth near Teamoh’s home
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