Gabriel : Sign Petition For a Gabriel Statue in Shockoe Bottom!
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Haki Kweli Shakur of The New Afrikan Independence Movement / Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and The People are seeking and demanding that a Gabriel Prosser Statue / monument to be built in Shockoe Bottom it is known that Gabriel Prosser a Freedom Fighter for Justice and Equality was executed and hanged in the Shockoe Bottom area for planning a Slave Revolt against the dehumanizing system of Slavery , Shockoe bottom was the hub port of the domestic slave trade internally and externally , but more so internally between 1830 to 1860s , Gabriel Prosser is a Symbol of Resistance against injustice , oppression , racism, exploitation, and human rights!!! This Great man Legacy Must Be Memorialized Properly by the city of Richmond and The commonwealth of Virginia , We believe this is the perfect time to start this conversation Do to the controversy over the confederate statues , Gabriel should be first inconsideration to have a statue raised to make the city more diverse with monuments that can represent us all! He quoted Patrick Henry Death or Liberty for freedom justice and equality till he was hanged with 22 other Africans off of a Broad Street! Raise Gabriel! FTL!
Gabriel (1776 – October 10, 1800), today commonly—if incorrectly—known as Gabriel Prosser, was a literate enslaved blacksmith who planned a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in the summer of 1800. Information regarding the revolt was leaked prior to its execution, and he and twenty-five followers were taken captive and hanged in punishment. In reaction, Virginia and other state legislatures passed restrictions on free blacks, as well as prohibiting the education, assembly, and hiring out of slaves, to restrict their chances to learn and to plan similar rebellions!
Gabriel's rebellion served as an important example of slaves' taking action to gain freedom.
In 2002 the City of Richmond adopted a resolution to commemorate the 202nd anniversary "of the execution of the patriot and freedom fighter, Gabriel, whose death stands as a symbol for the determination and struggle of slaves to obtain freedom, justice and equality as promised by the fundamental principles of democratic governments of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America".
In the fall of 2006, the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP requested Gov. Tim Kaine pardon Gabriel in recognition of his contributions to the civil rights struggle of African Americans and all peoples.
On August 30, 2007, Governor Kaine informally pardoned Gabriel and his co-conspirators. Kaine said that Gabriel's motivation had been "his devotion to the ideals of the American revolution—it was worth risking death to secure liberty". Kaine noted that "Gabriel's cause—the end of slavery and the furtherance of equality of all people—has prevailed in the light of history", and added that "it is important to acknowledge that history favorably regards Gabriel's cause while consigning legions who sought to keep him and others in chains to be forgotten". The pardon was informal because it was posthumous.
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