“John Punch (mid 1600s)–an African man–served as an indentured servant to a Virginia planter.
Researchers have concluded that he likely fathered a child with a white woman. That child, John Bunch, was born in 1637. In 1640, Punch ran away with two other (white) indentured servants. All three were caught in Maryland. The two white men were sentenced to an additional four years to their servitude; Punch was sentenced to a lifetime.