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Monkeypox Vaccination Offered at Atlanta Black Pride Events

Monkeypox Vaccination Offered at Atlanta Black Pride Events


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Sept. 2, 2022           


Monkeypox Vaccination Offered at Atlanta Black Pride Events

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and metro Atlanta health districts are offering monkeypox vaccinations at various locations and times during Atlanta Black Pride. A list of vaccination sites and hours of operation can be found on the DPH website. In most cases, walk-ins are welcome.

There have been more than 1,400 laboratory positive cases of monkeypox in Georgia. The majority of cases in the state and in this outbreak nationally are in men who have sex with men with sexual or close, skin-to-skin contact reported in the 21 days prior to their infection.

“Atlanta Black Pride is a time for celebration and reconnecting with friends, but we also want to ensure we are not missing the opportunity to provide important education about and vaccination for monkeypox,” said Alexander Millman, M.D., DPH chief medical officer. “DPH, along with our health districts and community partners, are working together to do everything we can to keep monkeypox from spreading so we can end this outbreak.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made 5,500 additional doses of monkeypox vaccine available to Georgia, specifically for vaccination efforts leading up to and during Atlanta Black Pride.

Monkeypox vaccinations are available throughout Georgia, at all times not just during Atlanta Black Pride, to individuals meeting the criteria.

Persons of any gender identity or sexual orientation with any of the following:

  • Have had multiple or anonymous sex partners with men who have sex with men in the last 14 days
  • Have had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons who have had a rash or are suspected of having monkeypox in the last 14 days.
  • Have had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons at large venues or events in the past 14 days.
  • Have engaged in commercial and/or transactional sex in the past 14 days (e.g., sex in exchange for money, shelter, food, and other goods or needs)
  • Are HIV positive, or on HIV PrEP, or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the last 90 days.


To make an appointment for monkeypox vaccination anywhere in the state, visit


If you think you may have monkeypox, seek testing as soon as possible. To avoid potential spread of monkeypox to others, stay isolated until your rash has healed, and a new layer of skin has formed.

There are things you can do to protect yourself from getting monkeypox:  

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer


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First Black artist in Vancouver given city’s Studio Award hosts zero-proof event

First Black artist in Vancouver given city's Studio Award hosts zero-proof event

Since 1995, the City of Vancouver’s Artist Studio Award Program has supported local artists by providing studio spaces and one of this year’s recipients is the first Black artist to receive the award. 

Naomi Grace is a multisensory artist and entrepreneur who’s work is “centered around reclaiming sacred medicine in its many forms, which she expresses through painting, mixed media, music, text, culinary arts and sculpture,” reads Grace’s biography on the city’s award recipients page.

“I’m really grateful to have access to this space,” Grace tells Vancouver Is Awesome via phone. 

She plans on using the space for an large scale art installation, community arts integrated workshops, pop-ups and events, and intimate concerts and talks. The space will also serve as an order pickup location for her brand Melanin Rising

To celebrate, Grace is hosting a zero-proof open studio event on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Grace wanted to create a sober social event for several reasons, partially inspired by her own transition to an alcohol-free lifestyle. 

“People don’t drink for a number of different reasons. Sometimes it’s because people are pregnant. Sometimes they have friends who just don’t like the feeling of alcohol. Some people are allergic to alcohol. For some people, it’s for religious or cultural reasons. Sometimes people are in recovery,” she tells VIA.

Aside from the non-alcoholic lemonade cocktail bar, she will also be setting up a Melanin Rising pop-up sale.

Zero-Proof Open Studio Pop-Up

When: August 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Naomi Grace Studio – 1573 West 6th Ave

Cost: Free

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Black August events to spotlight prisoner resistance, 1985 Pendleton riot

Black August events to spotlight prisoner resistance, 1985 Pendleton riot

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Black August events in Indianapolis will begin Wednesday. It’s an annual commemoration of Black prisoner resistance movements. Created roughly 40 years ago on the west coast, and is now recognized in cities around the country.

It’s easy to look at some of the Black August events as somewhat controversial. As many of the people highlighted were convicted of crimes. But advocates say there’s often much more to the story.

Black prisoner resistance and rebellion movements go back hundreds of years. And this man — who goes by The King Trill, is doing work to shine a light on ongoing movements.

“I carry myself like a king now because, I didn’t used to carry myself like that,” The King Trill said.

The King Trill lived a total of 14 years incarcerated and looks at his own experience to inspire his work. He is partnering with the Indiana Department of Corrections Watch, a grassroots organization in part focused on prison reform, and prison legal support.

Starting Aug.10, the IDOC Watch will hold a series of Black August events. Which includes panel discussions, and a documentary about the Pendleton 2.

“When we came across these guys and their story, it had such power and magnitude because you hear about people standing up to oppression,” The King Trill said.

In February 1985, John Cole and Christopher Trotter were a few of the men in what’s know now as the Pendleton Correctional facility, to lead a prison riot against guards accused or racism and brutalizing prisoners.

News 8 asked, “What do you say to those people who say that’s the penalty you pay?”

“It’s a tough question, but those guys did stand up and I’m hopeful after the audience sees the documentary and sees these details, they’ll be able to see that wow these guys were put in an incredible incredibly difficult position,” The King Trill said.

Several people were injured and guards were held hostage. Cole and trotter combined received roughly 200 years. They’ve served about 40 years of that, both men are now in their 60s, looking to find freedom.

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NYC Black Pride events planned in commemoration of 25th anniversary

Celebrate NYC Black Pride All Weekend

New York City Black Pride is returning this month with a days-long slate of engaging events, including an awards ceremony, a beach day in Coney Island, discussions, and several free activities. This year’s NYC Black Pride is particularly significant because it will be the 25th anniversary.

“There is pressure to make it special just by the nature of the landmark event that it is,” Lee Soulja-Simmons, who spearheads the annual NYC Black Pride events, said during an interview with Gay City News. “The last two years, we have been in various forms of lockdown and other health restraints and concerns, so we are allowed to do so many things we couldn’t do last year and in 2020.”

While there is a busy schedule of events, Soulja-Simmons carefully acknowledged the reality of multiple coinciding health concerns, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak. Soulja-Simmons, who has had calls with city and state health officials about monkeypox, emphasized that the response to the health crisis must be equitable and without stigma targeting LGBTQ individuals.

While the events officially kick off on August 17, there will be an August 11 town hall called “Black, Queer, and Here,” which will explore intersectionality in the Black LGBTQ community. The event, produced by Native Son, will feature Nancy Santiago from the surgeon general’s office; comic and Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay; TV personality Kalen Allen; Hope Center executive director Lena Green; Councilmember Chi Ossé of Brooklyn; and theGrio contributor Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey.

The official NYC Black Pride events will kick off on August 17 with “Healthcare as a Human Right,” a discussion focused on wellness, at the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan. The free event will kick off at 5 p.m. and conclude by 9:30 p.m.

The evening will continue with an opening mixer at 10 p.m. at Lambda Lounge, which is located at 2256 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Manhattan. Like the healthcare discussion, the opening mixer will be free to attend.

There will be two more events on Thursday, August 18 — including another free discussion at the LGBT Center from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s discussion is called “Reflections: The souls of Liberation.” Nolan Tesis will host the event alongside eight panelists: Micah Marquez, Lady Pearl, George Bellinger, Cheryl “Jus Shady,” Tim Lanvin, Luna Khan, Duchess LaWong, and Charly Dominguez.

The second event of the day is “TRAPPY HOUR: Black Pride” at 4 West, which is located at 303 West 127th Street in Manhattan. That event begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until 4 a.m.

Friday’s festivities will begin with Hoodstock at the Christopher Street Pier at 393 West Street. The free afternoon event will begin at 2 p.m. and finish up at 6 p.m.

At 5 p.m., folks will gather for one of the main events, The Heritage Image Awards Ceremony at The Schomburg Center at 515 Lenox Avenue at 135th Street. The honorees for the free event include Ceyenne Doroshow, the executive director of GLITS; “Pose” star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez; and actress, model, and dancer Leyna Bloom.

The night will close out with “FUSION/Part 1” — which will feature a cover charge. The event, beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m., will be held on 7 East 36th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Saturday will be another busy day on NYC Black Pride’s 2022 schedule. The Black Pride Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Times Square Center at 242 West 41st Street. The events also include a trans bodybuilding competition at the Theatre at 11 a.m., a blackout music concert at The Hall at noon, Mr. and Miss Black Pride International at the Theatre at 4 p.m., and a Black Pride mini ball at The Hall at 5 p.m.

The night will wrap up with another Fusion event from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at 42 D’OR at 512 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.

NYC Black Pride will conclude on Sunday, August 21, beginning with “Pride at the Beach” from noon to 8 p.m. at Coney Island Beach at the boardwalk and 21st Street. There will be a show at 6 p.m. featuring Inaya Day, Susu Bobien, and Octavia Lambertis.

The last event will be “Fusion: The Finale” from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Club Lambda at 1031 Grand Street in Manhattan.

The events throughout the week are expected to highlight the 25th anniversary of NYC Black Pride. New York’s Black Pride events followed in the footsteps of other cities that had already established similar festivities beforehand.

“The idea of having a Black Pride started in DC and LA and other cities first,” Soulja-Simmons said. “New York’s came about 25 years ago, and that’s important because this is such a big city and the population here in itself warrants a huge celebration… so we’re excited about it.”

Although some Pride events are known to represent a party atmosphere, Soulja-Simmons stressed the cultural aspect and explained that Black Pride festivities represent an opportunity to shine a light on queer people of color.

“I think people misunderstand what Black Prides are — why Black Prides are booming around the world,” Soulja-Simmons said. “It’s about celebrating people of color. We have history, and we have contributed to all parts of society. A lot of accomplishments are not in history books and are not talked about. This is a way to celebrate the amazing contributions that we’ve given to the world from the perspective of LGBTQ people.”

To learn more about NYC Black Pride, visit

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Washington Black events aim to connect production crew with Black Nova Scotian communities | CBC News

Washington Black events aim to connect production crew with Black Nova Scotian communities | CBC News

The showrunner of a TV series based on Esi Edugyan’s novel Washington Black says shooting in Nova Scotia for the past few months has felt like coming home.

Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who is also a writer and executive producer on the Disney+ series, called Nova Scotia “one of the most gorgeous places” he’s ever shot. He also said the cast and crew have particularly appreciated connecting with local communities.

“Being able to tangibly touch and feel the Black Nova Scotian community here, which is such an important part of the book and important part of the show,” he told CBC Radio’s Information Morning on Friday.

“A barber cut my hair one day and just casually mentions that his family have been here for 500 years.”

Listen to Selwyn Seyfu Hinds’s full interview with Portia Clark:

Information Morning – NS10:17Washington Black production wraps in NS

The novel Washington Black follows a young Black man, George Washington Black — Wash for short — on an extraordinary series of adventures after he flees his former life as a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados.

Wash’s journey takes him all over the world, but one of his first stops is Nova Scotia.

The TV adaptation of Edugyan’s story began shooting in the province in March, including in Lunenburg, The Ovens, Mount Uniacke and Halifax. It’s expected to wrap up production here next week.

Edugyan told CBC News in a recent interview that she wanted to show the complexities of Black settlement in Nova Scotia.

Esi Edugyan is the author of Washington Black. (CBC)

The character of Wash expects Nova Scotia to be a haven for him, given Canada’s connection to slavery as being the last stop on the Underground Railroad.

“He’s going into it, expecting to find that he’s fully accepted and greeted,” Edugyan explains, “and that ends up not being the case. He finds that this is a place of great fractiousness.”

The migration of Black Loyalists during the American Civil War made Shelburne, the town where Wash takes refuge in her book, the site of the largest colony of free Black people outside of Africa at the time.

However, as a result of the racism and discrimination the Black Loyalists faced, Shelburne was also where Canada’s first recorded race riots took place in 1784.

Will the Black community benefit?

An open letter written by Shekara Grant, a founding member of the Change is Brewing Collective, and posted on Instagram in February expressed concerns about people profiting from this difficult history without sharing the benefits with, or addressing the current problems facing the community the story is about.

Grant’s letter questions the inclusion and consultation of Black Nova Scotians in the show’s production planning. She wrote that while it’s important to share their stories of historic inequality, the Black community of south Shelburne is still dealing with environmental racism.

Since 2016, a group called the South End Environmental Injustice Society (SEED) has been lobbying unsuccessfully for access to uncontaminated drinking water.

From left: Actors Sterling K. Brown and Iola Evans, showrunner Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Dwayne Provo with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, director Wanuri Kahiu and actor Ernest Kingsley Jr. (Adams Photography)

When asked about these concerns, Hinds said, “I wanted to be able to come to this community and make and leave a tangible difference as much as I could.”

Hinds said his team has hired Black Nova Scotian background actors and crew members. In order to engage and involve the community, the production is hosting a series of events called Washington Black Talks.

“No single production can change the entire face of things, but I certainly think we’ve been able to have a substantial impact here,” Hinds said.

Washington Black Talks

Hinds said the events are open to the public, and a chance to meet and have open conversations with himself, other Black writers, actors and co-executive producer and star actor Sterling K. Brown.

While not exactly consultation events, he hopes having direct access to Black people who are making a living in Hollywood will make the dream more accessible for Black Nova Scotians who are also interested in careers in the industry.

“[It’s] just us talking to the community,” Hinds said. “I can tell you personally that my own path, what I’m doing now, didn’t come about until I met a director, Mr. Reggie Hudlin, who looked like me.”

The next Washington Black Talks event is Sunday, June 19, at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook from 1 to 3 p.m. AT.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

Being Black in Canada highlights stories about Black Canadians. (CBC)


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Black Kite FocusTags allows users to track high-profile cyber events – Help Net Security

Black Kite FocusTags allows users to track high-profile cyber events - Help Net Security

Black Kite released FocusTags, helping users to track high-profile cyber events and identify which vendors have been affected within their supply chain.

Black Kite FocusTags

This latest capability furthers the company’s mission to provide continuous monitoring of vendors to identify and mitigate ransomware and other risks. FocusTags are automatically applied following high-profile cyberattacks but can also be added to help with supply chain organization.

“Time is of the essence when a cyber event disrupts the digital supply chain. You need immediate visibility into what happened and which of your vendors are at risk so you can take action,” said Chris Bush, CCO of Black Kite. “Our FocusTags give users the speed, clarity and visibility they need to manage incidents at scale and protect their bottom-line.”

Examples of incidents that trigger FocusTags include known ransomware attacks (such as those by Conti, Clop and REvil), data breaches (such as Lapsus$), geopolitical events that affect vendors in conflicted areas (such as the current war in Ukraine) and violations of the National Defense Authorization Act 2019 Section 889.

Black Kite FocusTags can also be used to filter vendor ecosystems. For example, a custom tag can be added to identify critical vendors who hold a large amount of PII or to indicate vendors that may have internal systems access.

“Our clients need continuous monitoring so they can ensure the safety and reliability of their supply chains. Point-in-time monitoring is simply not an effective strategy for combating the complexity of cyber incidents today,” said Chuck Schauber, VP of Product Strategy for Black Kite. “FocusTags makes it easy to see, organize and collaborate with vendors at scale.”

Black Kite provides technical, financial, and compliance-related third-party cyber risk intelligence. The technology eliminates false positives and ensures a holistic approach to vendor risk management.

Black Kite FocusTags are available now.

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Amid worker shortages, endless opportunities at Black Press Media’s career fair in Langley – Surrey Now-Leader

Amid worker shortages, endless opportunities at Black Press Media’s career fair in Langley - Surrey Now-Leader

With industries across B.C. struggling to find enough employees, workers have much more choice than usual in what they decide to pursue.

The province’s latest labour market outlook estimates there will be more than one million job openings in the next decade and 83,000 will go unfilled.

The biggest issue causing the labour shortage, according to experts, is Canada’s aging population. Now, more than ever, a greater number of people are leaving the workforce than are entering it, the Business Development Bank of Canada says.

The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the problem.

The number of people immigrating to Canada or entering for seasonal work was greatly reduced, while people already working here faced mass layoffs, uniquely difficult working conditions and increased costs of living.

In the next 10 years, B.C. predicts other sectors with the greatest need will be health care, social assistance and education. Science and technology jobs will also be in high demand, as will openings in skilled trades such as cooks, mechanics and hairstylists, according to B.C.’s labour market outlook.

As those in the Lower Mainland look to re-enter the workforce, or make changes in their career path, the Langley Career and Post-Secondary Event will be a hiring fair they don’t want to miss.

Taking place at the Langley Events Centre in the field house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23, there will be over 75 exhibitors collectively offering over 500 opportunities for employment and 1,000’s of post secondary options to choose from.

Employers include those in the industries of: retail, transport, warehouse, office admin, trades, financial, social services, government, hospitality, and more.

For more details, visit, email or call 1-855-678-7833.

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Then Again: Black Snake Affair was among Vermont’s most shocking events

Then Again: Black Snake Affair was among Vermont’s most shocking events
A broadside published in 1808 describes how smugglers killed two Vermont militia members and a Revolutionary War veteran. Photo by Mark Bushnell

Though it occurred more than two centuries ago, the Black Snake Affair still ranks among the most shocking events to happen in Vermont. But the episode tends to get mentioned only in passing in most accounts of the state’s early years. 

Readers usually get only the bare bones, which run something like this: In the run-up to the War of 1812, President Jefferson banned trade with Canada. Some Vermonters, who relied heavily on trade with Canada, turned to smuggling, or were at least sympathetic to smugglers. Federal Customs collectors and members of the state militia tried to stop the smuggling. 

One day in 1808, they cornered the smugglers who used the infamous boat the Black Snake. Shots rang out and two soldiers and a local farmer were killed. The smugglers were arrested and one was hanged for the crime. End of story. 

Well, actually, it’s more complicated, and interesting, than that. If you want to delve deeply into this incident, check out Gary Shattuck’s thoroughly researched book “Insurrection, Corruption & Murder in Early Vermont: Life on the Wild Northern Frontier,” which came out in 2014. 

Shattuck, a former assistant U.S. attorney for Vermont, relied heavily on court documents to paint an intricate portrait of a turbulent and an often-overlooked period. The picture isn’t always the one we expect. This was a Vermont where criminality was common, community leaders were sometimes in cahoots with the criminals, and authorities tried, often in vain, to enforce the laws. 

Smuggling on the lake

It turns out the Black Snake Affair wasn’t the only violent smuggling incident of 1808. Earlier in the summer, off the shore of Isle La Motte, the state militia seized a giant log raft. Covering 2 square acres and valued at a staggering $25,000, the raft was being piloted toward Canada. The smugglers responded by gathering a mob of roughly 60 local men, offering to divide $800 among them for their efforts, and returned a couple of nights later to retake the raft. 

It was an easier task than you might think. The smugglers had persuaded, or bribed, one of the soldiers guarding the raft to steal lead shot from the militia unit’s stores and give it to the smugglers. Once the smugglers recaptured the raft and began to row away, soldiers opened fire on them. The smugglers shot back and, for about an hour and a half, the two sides traded shots. 

But the soldiers’ rate of fire was much slower than the smugglers’. Because of the missing ammunition, the soldiers first had to melt lead and mold musket balls before shooting. The incident sounds almost comic in the retelling, but could easily have turned bloody if not for the missing ammunition.

Things turned deadly later that summer, however, when smugglers clashed again with militia members assigned to enforce the embargo. 

In early August, the six-man smuggling crew of the Black Snake traveled south from Missisquoi Bay. The plan was to pick up a couple of more crewmembers before rowing up the mouth of the Winooski River in Burlington to gather a load of goods they would then smuggle north. 

They stopped on Hog Island in West Swanton to pick up one man, who noticed that each crewmember carried a firearm. The crew added to its arsenal during a stop on South Hero, loading aboard a 9-foot “punt gun,” a weapon sometimes used to spray shot at flocks of waterfowl. 

Jabez Penniman, the federal Customs collector for Vermont, learned of the Black Snake’s plan and ordered Lt. Daniel Farrington to gather 13 of his men and take the Fly, a revenue cutter, to capture it. The soldiers, drawn from a Vermont militia unit, were promised a $100 reward to split if they succeeded. 

Penniman passed along a false rumor to Farrington that the Black Snake was only lightly armed. Farrington said he hoped to accomplish the mission without bloodshed.

Setting up an ambush

The smugglers’ sympathizers were more bloody-minded. While resting on North Hero, the Fly’s crew mentioned to local resident Peter Martin that they were pursuing the Black Snake. Martin replied that if they met the smugglers’ boat, some of them would be dead by sundown. And if they killed even one of the smugglers, Martin promised to rally 1,000 men to kill all the soldiers stationed on Windmill Point in Alburg.

After rowing up the Winooski, the smugglers commandeered the home of a tenant farmer, then ate and conducted target practice. Two local businessmen, who owned the cargo the Black Snake was to carry, warned the smugglers that the Fly was shadowing them. The businessmen didn’t want the cargo, which was sitting in a Burlington store, loaded onboard the Black Snake, for fear the Fly would seize it.

One of the businessmen offered the smugglers 10 gallons of rum to “destroy the Revenuers.” When the smugglers replied that they were short on ammunition, the man offered to provide some. Francis Ledgard, a young man who had rowed from South Hero, arrived later with the same news about the Fly’s presence, and the suggestion that they ambush the soldiers.

The next morning, the Fly’s crew paddled up the Winooski. Seeing the Fly approach, the smugglers’ leader, Truman Mudget (sometimes spelled Mudgett), warned Farrington that 30 armed men were waiting to defend the boat. The men aboard the Fly eventually spotted the Black Snake beached on the riverbank and Farrington gave the order to seize it. 

“I swear by God, I will blow the first man’s brains out who lays hands on her,” Mudget declared. Ignoring the threat, Farrington sent six men with oars to row the Black Snake.

It was a fraught scene, this moment before violence erupted. As some of Farrington’s men rowed the Fly and Black Snake back down the Winooski toward the lake, four of the soldiers walked along the riverbank accompanied by four smugglers. As they walked, Mudget kept threatening the soldiers.

The incident might have ended bloodlessly if not for a neighborhood boy, 17-year-old David Sheffield, who had joined with the smugglers after they came up the Winooski. Sheffield was one of those who fired at the Fly and was later charged with shooting Private Ellis Drake in the head, killing him instantly. 

Farrington ordered his men to row toward the riverbank, but not to return fire. The soldiers went ashore in search of the smugglers, who were hidden in the thicket. Farrington walked forward, accompanied by three soldiers and a local farmer, Capt. Jonathan Orsmby, a Revolutionary War veteran who had been urging the lieutenant to be more forceful with the smugglers. 

They eventually encountered a pair of smugglers standing by the punt gun.  As the soldiers neared, one of the smugglers urged the other to fire the large gun. The shot killed Ormsby and the soldier beside him, Private Asa Marsh, and seriously wounded Farrington. 

A vengeful public

All the smugglers were eventually captured. However, two of them, William Noaks and Slocum Clark, escaped. What happened to them is unknown, but Shattuck found a tantalizing court document from the following winter regarding an inquisition on the bodies of a Noaks and a Clark. Had the Black Snake Affair turned people against the smugglers? Had Noaks and Clark become victims of vigilante justice?

Other Black Snake crewmembers, as well as Sheffield and Ledgard, were tried and sentenced to serve time in the new Windsor Prison, which was built after the local jail in Burlington proved too porous to hold anyone determined to escape. 

Samuel Mott, who had fired the punt gun, was fortunate not to be executed for his crime. He was convicted of murder, but because of a procedural error, his conviction was vacated. He had to face a retrial. 

In the meantime, Cyrus Dean, who had urged Mott to fire, came to trial. Shattuck believes the jury’s verdict matched the public’s vengeful mood. Dean was convicted of murder and publicly executed in Burlington. 

Dean seemed to understand the injustice of his sentence. Standing on the scaffold, he kicked his hat into his grave, which was just below, and then spat onto his waiting coffin. He was hanged before a large crowd, but probably not the 10,000 later reported. That number was six times the entire population of Burlington at the time.

Dean’s hanging may have traumatized the community so much that, when Mott was retried, he was convicted only of manslaughter and imprisoned. 

Despite his career in law enforcement, Shattuck has some sympathy for the smugglers. The smugglers were mostly desperate men trying to get by during a time of economic hardship made worse by the embargo. They were paid little for the risks they took, and nothing if the contraband didn’t reach its destination. 

The ringleaders, however, could make a decent income, as could the Burlington businessmen who quietly profited from the smuggling. These men are the real villains in Shattuck’s telling of the incident.