Paul Cuffe

Date of Birth: January 17, 1759

Place of Birth: Cuttyhunk, Island, Gosnold, Massachusetts

Date of Death: September 9, 1817

Place of Death: Westport, Massachusetts, U.S.

*father – Ashanti Ghanaian
*mother – Aquinnah Wampanoag Native American

Paul Cuffe was an American Quaker businessperson, sea captain, patriot, and abolitionist. Paul was the son of Ruth Moses and Kofi/Cuffe Scolcum.

Paul’s father was of the Ashanti ethnic group, from the Ashanti region in Ghana, who bought his own freedom in the 1740s. Paul’s mother, who was from Massachusetts, was a Native American, of the Aquinnah Wampanoag nation. His five times great-nephew is film director, producer, screenwriter, rapper, and communist activist Boots Riley.

Source: Story of Kofi/Cuffe Slocum –

2 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    Boots Riley is his fifth great-nephew.

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