Basil Dorsey's Life

Basil Dorsey was born a slave in Frederick County, Maryland. He fled his bondage into Pennsylvania. After almost being returned to slavery, he made his way to Western Massachusetts, where he lived in Charlemont for the next five years, then settled in Florence, a village of Northampton, where he lived the rest of his life. During his lifetime he encountered such prominent antislavery activists as Robert Purvis, David Ruggles, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, Joshua Leavitt, and Frederick Douglass.

An account of Dorsey's life was given in the Hampshire Gazette on April 2, 1867.







Basil Dorsey and his daughter Louisa are buried in Park Street Cemetery, Florence, Massachusetts.