A Slave Introduced Inoculation to America

Did you know that inoculation was introduced to America by a slave?

Little is known about the slave who was assumed to have been born in Africa in the late 17th century. According to pbs.org his name was Onesimus and he was "gifted" to a church in Boston, and he told the minister of the church about the centuries-old African tradition of inoculation.

The practice involves taking material from an infected person and rubbing it on the skin of an uninfected person, introducing it to their body making them immune to it.

The process was used to inoculate soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and that's how inoculation was introduced to the United States. But with advancements in science and technology, please be clear that this is NOT the way inoculations are practiced today.

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