Thomas Peters also known as Thomas Potters and Olaudah Equiano was born June 25 1738 in Nigeria and died 1792 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He was one of the Black Loyalists Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone. Peters, along with David George, Moses Wilkinson, Cato Perkins, and Joseph Leonard, were influential blacks who recruited African settlers in Nova Scotia to colonize Sierra Leone.
Peters was a former African-American slave who fled North Carolina with the British during the American Revolutionary War and later ended up as a leader in Freetown.
Thomas Peters has been called the first African-American hero. Peters, like Elijah Johnson and Joseph Jenkins Roberts of Liberia, are considered the African-American founding fathers of a nation