c. 1769/70-1860, ~91 years
Jack Garrison escaped his former life enslaved in New Jersey and arrived in Concord by 1810. Here he found work as a manual laborer, and married Susan, Caesar Robbins’ daughter. Enslavement had denied him an education, but his children attended Concord schools and were good students. Well into his sixties, he could be seen about town “with his saw-horse over his shoulder and his saw on his arm.” Before he died at about 91 years old, Jack Garrison received a walking stick commemorating his old age. Local anti-slavery activists circulated a picture of him with his walking stick as a symbol of their cause—the only known photograph of an African American who once lived in this house.