See George Washington is viewed through the eyes of his family, friends, fellow revolutionaries and slaves.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee perhaps knew George Washington as well as anyone could. Purchased in 1768, Lee became Washington’s valet, or manservant. He rode by Washington’s side during all eight years of the American Revolution where he helped Washington dress, served meals, and delivering personal correspondence. Billy was also with Washington in Philadelphia during the Constitutional Convention – an enslaved man who was in the room during conversations that shaped a nation. Billy Lee was the only slave freed outright in George Washington’s will.

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