250th Anniversary - Peter Francisco

In 1765, my great-grandfather was kidnapped at the age of 5 from the town of Porto Judeu in the Azores and he never saw his family ever again.

He was then dropped off on a dock in America and put to work as a slave on a plantation in Virginia.

His name was Peter Francisco and even though men had evil plans for young Pedro God had a beautiful plan for Peter’s life. You see, Francisco grew to be a 6’6” giant and he became a hero in the American Revolution.

He fought from 1776 to 1781…the entire war…and he was wounded 6 times and left for dead twice. He was so big that George Washington called him the “One Man Army” and even had a 6’ broadsword made for him.

Today, there are 5 US monuments that stand in his honor, 8 states observe Peter Francisco Day, and he was enshrined on a US stamp in 1976.

This year is the 250th anniversary of Peter’s kidnapping and I’m working with the Portuguese government in the Azores on building a monument on the waterfront in Porto Judeu close to where he was kidnapped.

This will be a 3 foot bronze statue of a young boy playing, and it will preserve Peter’s legacy for many generations to come. The statue will be sculpted by a famous artist in the Azores, Rui Goulart.

But, I need your help to make this happen.  The cost of the bronze statue is $11,000 and any dollar amount you can give will help.

$5, $10, or $20 would be a HUGE help.  But, if you contribute:

$25 - I’ll send you a 5x7 picture of the monument in Porto Judeu

$50 - I’ll send you a small plaque with a picture of the monument in Porto Judeu

$100 - I’ll send you my award winning documentary of Peter Francisco and you'll be entered into a raffle for 1 person to go to the Azores for the unveiling of the monument this June.

Please help me commemorate Peter Francisco’s life with this monument. Together, you and I can accomplish something extraordinary!
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Travis Bowman 
Davidson, NC
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