Bucks of America flag
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The Bucks of America, an all-Black company, may have operated in a quasi-military capacity in Boston during the American Revolution. Very little is known about their service (and they appear in no official military records), except that “toward the end of the American Revolution,” the unit was recognized in a ceremony in which Governor John Hancock presented this silk flag. Although some interpret the initials “J.G.W.H.” on the flag as abbreviations of the names of John Hancock and George Washington in an unusual order (for example in The Liberator, 12 March 1858, Theodore Parker wrote, "[t]hus John Hancock embraces George Washington") it is more likely that the initials are the abbreviation of John George Washington Hancock (1778-1787), the son of Governor John Hancock who, as a young child at the time, may have been the unit’s “mascot.” (In The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, historian William C. Nell wrote that the governor and his son presented the banner to the Bucks of America.)