Furaha Kuzaliwa Birthrite Day of The Great new Afrikan Freedom Fighter Gabriel Today Commonly — Incorrectly — Known as Gabriel Prosser, Gabriel never took on the Name of The Slave Owner’s Last Name Prosser even tho many of us call him by that Name, It’s Unfortunately do to the way the United States Colonized history is set up in Book Texts, Archives, Data Bases, Libraries, History and Information Sites, Google, and every other place to search and find history he is listed under the Colonizers Name of Gabriel Prosser, We Call Him Gabriel, Gabriel X , or General Gabriel in a Proper Context to Honor His Spiritual Memory! Also as Far as The Picture that’s used of him that’s the most popular and famous here’s the history on that picture called NOT GABRIEL BUT STILL GABRIEL BY ANA EDWARDS of The Defenders for Justice, Freedom & Equality much love to her always for the clarification!

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The Picture of the Man who isn’t Gabriel

I was recently asked if there are any extant images of Gabriel and the answer is no. In 1800, and in Gabriel’s specific situation there would have been only exceptional reasons for a portrait to have been made of an enslaved person. And yet, there is an image commonly used to depict Gabriel, an image that belonged to another enslaved man who saw a path to freedom, and walked it.

Not Gabriel, Still “Gabriel”
The image most associated with Gabriel is not Gabriel, but is of an unnamed man who self-emancipated in order to join the Union Army. From a website called sonfothesouth.net a digitized archive of most of the issues of Harper’s Weekly can be viewed and downloaded as PDFs. In this archive are the following two images of the man – before enlistment and after. These are the same images I saw a few years ago at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington DC. This man’s story deserves understanding – if not his individual story, certainly the stories of those like him. Harper’s Weekly was a pro-union paper and the advocacy for the rights of Africans to seeking freedom in this text is one reflection on this perspective.

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Images and text from Harper’s Weekly 2 July 1864


SURELY not the least interesting of the varied war pictures which we present to our readers this week will be two sketches on page 428one, the picture of a negro slave, who fled from Montgomery, Alabama, to Chattanooga, for the express purpose of enlisting in the army of the Union; the other, a picture of this same negro, endowed for the first time with his birth-right of freedom, and allowed the privilege dearer to him than any other —that of fighting for the nation which is hereafter pledged to protect him and his. Are these not affecting pictures which are here presented to us ? On the one side, the poor fugitive oppressed with the weariness of two hundred long miles of dusty travel, a journey interrupted by a thousand necessary precautions, and harassed by timid suggestions of a fate more horrible than death if he is discovered; with his meagre covering of rags about him: and on the other side, the soldier crowned with freedom and honor. Can we not at length have faith in that heroism which has been so gloriously illustrated at Wagner and Olustee and Petersburg, and which, in the face of the Fort Pillow massacre, yet offers itself afresh in the person of a poor fugitive, who, from the heart of the enemy’s country, gives himself, at the risk of death or of a torture worse than death, to a cause simply because it is inevitably associated, with the problem of his freedom ?

Gabriel Prosser was a black man born into slavery on a plantation in July 12th, 1776 in Henrico County, Virginia. He specialized as a blacksmith, usually spending his time making tools and other equipment used for farming. Unlike most other slaves back then, Gabriel Prosser was a literate man and was capable of reading and writing at a basic level since he was educated at a young age while training for his profession as a blacksmith. This also helped him have more access (compared to other slaves) to freedom. His two brothers Solomon and Martin and his wife, Nanny lived with him on the plantation. (Fortunately he wasn’t separated from family so much). Gabriel Prosser was motivated to rebel for freedom after hearing about the Haitian Revolt.

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In late August 1800, a 25 year-old, 6 foot 2 black slave started a revolt in Richmond, the Southern region of Virginia. With the help of fellow slaves such as Jack Bowler, George Smith and a few others, Gabriel Prosser starting planning a rebellion. Their scheme was to go around from area to area around Richmond and kill all the whites except Quakers, Methodists, Frenchmen and the poor. Meanwhile, they would gather more black slaves to participate along the way. Prosser excluded these whites (Quakers, Methodists, Frenchmen and the poor) because he believed that they were people who could help him on the way to to liberty. After slaying all the whites, Prosser and other slaves hoped to establish a Independent New Afrikan Nation-State where slavery would be abolished. The attack was supposed to be carried out on the night of August 30th, but on that day, a few slaves that didn’t want their masters killed revealed the plan to the whites. After hearing this, the people in the rebellion were disbanded and tried to run away. The whites prepared a militia to catch all the slaves and stop the rebellion in advance. Many blacks that contributed to the planning of this revolt were caught and executed, including Gabriel Prosser. The slave codes were also made stricter to prevent these happenings in advance. Although this insurrection was not entirely successful, this was a very notable one in American history because it was one of the first ones ever, and because it showed some possibility that the slaves could fight back.

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