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Garner, Eric  

Caryn E. Neumann

a street merchant who died at the hands of police during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes, was born in New York City to Gwen Carr and her husband. He grew up in the Gowanus Houses, public housing projects in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Described by friends as a genial, generous, neighborhood peacemaker, Garner completed his education at Ohio Diesel Tech Institute in 1988. Garner met his wife, Esaw “Pinky” Garner, in the 1980s on a telephone party line, an early version of a chat room. The couple raised six children and had two grandchildren.

Garner had a history of arrests for marijuana possession and selling untaxed single cigarettes He typically worked from the corner of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard in Staten Island where he sold bootleg cigarettes at $7 a pack and 75 cents for single cigarettes or loosies New York City places a tax ...

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Peters, John  

Vincent Carretta

was the husband of the African American poet Phillis Wheatley. Peters was a free man when he first appears in Massachusetts court records in 1776, identified as a Boston “Shopkeeper.” His place of birth is unknown and he may never have been a slave. Until very recently, what little was known about Peters is found in two very brief nineteenth-century accounts, which depict him as a pretentious, handsome ne’er-do-well con man, a fraudulent lawyer or physician, who abandoned his wife as she lay dying in desperate poverty. Peters epitomized how precarious the life of a person of African descent could be in New England during the eighteenth century.

When or where John Peters first met the African-American poet Phillis Wheatley (1753?–1784) remains unknown. On 1 April 1778 they announced their intention to marry later that year at the height of her international celebrity Their engagement may ...