Ever since noticing the historical marker on Grosse Isle, Michigan, commemorating the remarkable feat of Lisette Denison, I wondered why she wasn't more widely celebrated as a heroine. After finding the .pdf file highlighting her background, I found her even more amazing. More about the church and historical marker here.
A link for Lisette's father, Peter Denison is here at Wayne State University. Her photo and a notation indicating a plaque in downtown Detroit where her home once stood is here.
According to this site, Lisette was the first black landowner in America.
The Tucker family, who freed the elder Denisons, apparently played another pivotal role in history. Tucker warned Major Gladwin in 1763 that the fort in Detroit was going to be attacked in what is known as Pontiac's Conspiracy or Rebellion.
[Note: This is an updated version of a post of Feb. 2008]