[SLAVERY & ABOLITION]. Enslaved blacksmith Gabriel Prosser's capture, trial, and sentence covered in 2 issues of the Columbian Centinel. Vol. XXXIV, Nos. 11 and 14. Boston: Benjamin Russell, 8 and 18 October 1800.

Each issue 4pp., folio, 11 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (Each with partial separation at centerfold, some chipping and loss at edges and corners, toning in margins). Ink identified to "Hon. J(?). Bigelow" on front page, top left. 

Each issue contains coverage of the capture, trial, and death sentence of Gabriel (1776 – 10 October 1800), today commonly known as Gabriel Prosser, a literate enslaved blacksmith who planned a large rebellion in the Richmond, Virginia area in the summer of 1800. Information regarding the revolt (known as Gabriel's Rebellion) was leaked prior to his execution, and he and 25 followers were taken captive and hanged in punishment. In reaction, Virginia and other state legislatures passed restrictions on free African Americans, as well as prohibiting the education, assembly, and hiring out of enslaved people, to restrict their chances to learn and to plan similar rebellions.

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