OTHELLO GRAVE STONE, HARVARD, MA
In 1765 there were twelve black inhabitants of Harvard. The majority were probably "servants for life" as slaves were then called. Othello, called "Thurlo" locally, was the slave owned by Colonel Henry Bromfield.
According to Nourse's History of Harvard, Othello was "an eccentric character, as well known in Harvard as his master." He was born in Africa, bought in England and then brought to America about 1760. Later, after being given his freedom, he chose to remain with the Bromfield family and became an inseparable attendant to the colonel, who was by then a widower living alone in his mansion.
Othello's grave stands by itself in the extreme northwest corner of Harvard’s Center cemetery, behind the Congregational Church, at least 25 feet from any other grave in the cemetery. The small slate marker reads: The faithful friend of Henry Bromfield/Came from Africa about 1760, Died 1818. Aged about 72.
Source: Harvard Historical Society