Ganga Zumba, the Runaway Slave Who Founded His Own African State in Brazil
Ganga Zumba was an African royal who escaped enslavement and established the massive runaway slave settlement of Quilombo dos Palmares
King Eyo Honesty II: This Man Stopped the Killing of Twins in Calabar, Not Mary Slessor
King Eyo Honesty II ended brutal practices such as the killing of twins; human sacrifices; and the immolation of slaves upon the death of an important person.
Arthur William Hodge, the Cruel Slave Owner Who Was Hanged for Murdering His Slave Over a Mango
Arthur William Hodge was a plantation farmer and notoriously cruel slave owner in the British Virgin Islands, who was hanged in 1811 for the murder of one of his slaves. He was the first and only British slave owner to...
Sir Charles Maccarthy: the British Military Governor Whose Skull the Ashantes Made Into a Drinking Cup
Sir Charles MacCarthy was killed by Ashanti forces in the battle of Nsamankow, with his skull used as a trophy of war.
Barbados Slave Code of 1661: the Legal Document That Classified African Slaves as Property
The Barbados Slave Code of 1661 defined the way of life for slaves in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The Slave Code denied rights to slaves and allowed them to be classified as property instead of human beings.
Society & Culture
Modern Slavery: 10 Shocking Facts About Slavery In Mauritania
Slavery in Mauritania is not a thing of the past. The practice persists to this day despite laws abolishing and criminalizing it
Fighting Slavery With Suicide: The Fascinating Story of the Kru People of Liberia
The Kru or Kroo are a West African ethnic group who are indigenous to eastern Liberia. During the Slave trade era, they were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture
Badu Bonsu II: This Ghanaian King Was Hanged and Beheaded in 1838 for Rebelling Against the Dutch
Badu Bonsu II was a Ghanaian king and the leader of the Ahanta tribe on the coast of what is now Ghana who was executed in 1838 by the Dutch, who, at the time, were in control of the Dutch Gold Coast.
Shark Island Concentration Camp: How Germany Ran the World’s First Death Camp in Namibia
Shark Island or "Death Island" was one of five concentration camps in German South West Africa. It was located on Shark Island off Lüderitz, in the far south-west of the territory which today is Namibia.
Chief Amodu Tijani: This Yoruba Chief Took Britain to Court in 1921 for Stealing His Land and Won a Huge Compensation
Chief Amodu Tijani Oluwa, also known as simply Amodu Tijani, was a Nigerian traditional chief who cane to prominence in the high colonial period, when he took the British colonial government to court in 1921 for appropriating his land in Apapa.
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Samuel Green, the Abolitionist Who Was Convicted for Possessing a Copy of an Anti-slavery Novel
Samuel Green was an African-American self-emancipated abolitionist who was jailed in 1857 for possessing a copy of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.