Prince Whipple

Prince "Caleb Quotem" Whipple

African Prince, American Slave, Patriot, and Free Man

Prince Whipple is perhaps best known as the man at the front of the boat in Emmanuel Leutze's 1851 painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware," which today hangs in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting was the basis for a commemorative postage stamp issued at Philadelphia, May 29, 1976.

Many of the things we thought we knew about Prince are incorrect (including, ironically, his presence at Trenton, N.J., when Washington crossed the Delaware). Hopefully these links (and future research) will clarify our understanding of who Prince Whipple was.

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