John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
The most successful slave revolt in US history occurred on November 7, 1841, when enslaved persons took over the ship Creole that sailed from Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route to New Orleans. Madison Washington led other enslaved people in a successful rebellion. Once they reached Nassau, Bahamas, they were automatically free since Great Britain outlawed slavery in 1834. Despite numerous American diplomatic and court actions, 128 people gained their freedom in the Creole Rebellion.
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Image header credit: “Revolt aboard a slave-ship.” Trishon, engraver. Paris, [1833?]. Library Company of Philadelphia..