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Derby’s Dose: The Extremely Vile Torture Method Used to Punish Enslaved Africans in Jamaica

Thomas Thistlewood was an 18th-century British plantation overseer and slave owner, notorious for his brutal treatment of enslaved Africans in Jamaica. Among the numerous atrocities recorded in his diaries, which he kept meticulously from 1750 to 1786, one of...

Isadore Banks: The Wealthy Black Landowner Allegedly Lynched for Being Prosperous in 1954

Isadore Banks was a World War I veteran and a prosperous African American landowner in Arkansas. In 1954, he was brutally lynched, and despite the horrific nature of his murder, no one was ever brought to justice. Isadore Banks was...

Autherine Lucy: The Black Woman Whose Admission to the University of Alabama Sparked a Riot in 1956

Autherine Juanita Lucy was an American activist whose admission to the University of Alabama sparked a riot, leading to her suspension and eventual expulsion from the school in 1956. Born on October 5, 1929, in Shiloh, Alabama, Autherine Lucy was...

Chief Kapeni: The African Leader Whose Trust in the British Led to His Downfall and the Subjugation of His People

Chief Kapeni was a prominent African chief who, in the 1800s, made a decision that would eventually lead to his death and the capture of his kingdom. Ignoring the warnings of neighboring chiefs, he gave British missionaries a large...

South Carolina Negro Act of 1740: The Code that Prohibited Enslaved Africans from Learning to Read

Passed by the South Carolina Assembly on the 10th of May, 1740, the Negro Act was a comprehensive set of laws aimed at controlling and subjugating the enslaved population within the colony. Among its most notorious provisions was the...

The Volta-Bani War of 1915: French West Africans’ Rebellion Against French Military Conscription During World War I

The Volta-Bani War was a major yet obscure anti-colonial rebellion which took place in French West Africa, in the areas of modern Burkina Faso and Mali between 1915 and 1917. This conflict emerged as indigenous African forces, uniting various...

Lacy Mitchell: The Man Lynched for Testifying Against Two White Men Accused of Raping a Young Black Girl in 1930

Lacy Mitchell, was a 53-year-old farmer residing in Gwinnett County, Georgia, who met a tragic fate in 1930 at the hands of two white men, Jack Bradley and O. E. Allen for testifying against two white men accused of...

Boni: The Guerrilla Leader Who Led a Resistance Against Dutch Colonizers in 18th Century Suriname

Bokilifu Boni, often simply referred to as Boni, was a Maroon leader who emerged as a formidable force against Dutch colonizers in Suriname during the 18th century

Ota Benga: The Tragic Story of the African Man Who Was Exhibited in a New York Zoo in 1906

Ota Benga was a Congolese member of the Mbuti pygmy tribe whose tragic story got international attention when he was displayed as a human zoo exhibit in the United States in the early twentieth century. Ota Benga was born in...

Coffy: The Enslaved African Who Led a Major Slave Revolt Against the Colonial Regime in Guyana in 1763

Coffy, also spelled as Cuffy, Kofi or Koffi, was an enslaved man of Akan descent, played an important role in leading a major slave revolt, rallying more than 3,800 enslaved individuals against the colonial authorities in Berbice, present-day Guyana...

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John Brown: The Abolitionist Executed for Inciting a Slave Rebellion in West Virginia in 1859

John Brown was a prominent leader in the American abolitionist movement during the decades leading up to the Civil...
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