Black History: Special Delivery!!
In 1841, Madison Washington, an enslaved African American started a slave revolt aboard the ship, “Creole”. The vessel was taking 130 enslaved people from Virginia who were to be sold in New Orleans. Madison Washington had escaped to freedom in Canada, but returned to try and free his wife. He was captured and returned to slavery in Virginia. Washington and the enslaved men and women traveling aboard the “Creole” endured deplorable conditions and abuse. Led by Washington, 12 other enslaved people onboard the “Creole”, launched a revolt. One of the slave traders was killed and crew members were also wounded. Washington and the other slaves were able to take control of the ship and demanded that it be sailed to Nassau, Bahamas.
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