GFNTV Acknowledgement Series – Gabriel Prosser
- black history
Gabriel (c. 1776 – October 10, 1800), referred to by some as Gabriel Prosser, the surname of his slaveholder, was a man of African descent born into slavery in 1776 at Brookfield, a large tobacco plantation in Henrico County, Virginia. Gabriel was literate. He was one of the rare 5% of enslaved people of the colonial era who were able to learn to read and write.
Gabriel's Rebellion was a planned slave rebellion in the Richmond, Virginia, area in the summer of 1800. Information regarding the revolt, which came to be known as "Gabriel's Rebellion", was leaked prior to its execution, and Gabriel, a blacksmith who planned the event, and twenty-five followers were hanged. The site of Gabriel's execution was for several years believed to have been at the Shockoe Bottom African Burial Ground, historically known as the Burial Ground for Negroes. His execution was advertised as occurring at the usual place, however in 1800 that may have been a location other than the Burial Ground for Negroes.