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Nancy Gardner Prince (1799-c.1856) was an African-American born free in Newburyport, Massachusetts. When she became old enough, she went to work as a servant for white families. In 1824 she married Nero Prince, a founding member of the first black Freemason’s Lodge in America. The couple relocated to Russia, where Nero served as a distinguished black footman to the tsar. They lived in St. Petersburg for nine years, witnessing the great flood of 1824 and the Decembrist revolt.