Thirty-seven African Americans from Berkshire County fought in the War of Independence. One of the most famous, Agrippa Hull, joined the Continental Army in 1777 and served through the entire war, most notably with Thaddeus Kosciuszko, receiving a discharge in 1783 at West Point signed by General George Washington. Hull is one of only two black men who is recorded to have served in such close contact with generals in the War of Independence. He returned to his Stockbridge home and became a farmer of a small plot of land and also a butler in Theodore Sedgwick's house. With Sedgwick's help, Hull was able to free and marry the enslaved Jane Darby. Hull's portrait hangs in the Stockbridge Library History Room.