How many free blacks owned businesses during the American Colonial Period?

Although most blacks were held in slavery in the 1700s and 1800s, and despite the fact that economic opportunities were rare and risky, even for free blacks, a few free blacks owned businesses.

Some, mostly in the North, owned construction companies, inns, tailor shops, or other businesses.

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