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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gabriel's Rebellion

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
1. Gabriel's Rebellion Marker
Inscription.  Gabriel, a slave of Thomas Prosser of nearby Brookfield plantation, planned a slave insurrection against Richmond on 30 Aug. 1800. The slaves intended to kidnap Governor James Monroe and compel him to support political, social, and economic equality but intense rains delayed the insurgents' scheme. Mosby Sheppard, of Meadow Farm, informed of the plot by family slaves Tom and Pharaoh, dispatched a warning letter to the governor. Monroe called out the militia and Gabriel, his plans foiled, fled to Norfolk. Authorities there captured and returned him to Richmond. Convicted of conspiracy, Gabriel was hanged on 10 Oct. 1800, the last of twenty-six conspirators executed.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-102.)
 
Location. 37° 36.943′ N, 77° 27.421′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Brook Turnpike (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Hilliard Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Outer Fortifications (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Brook Turnpike (Route 1) facing north image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
2. Brook Turnpike (Route 1) facing north
Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brook Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Fort Under Attack (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stuart's Ride (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gabriel’s Insurrection (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Meadow Farm. "Mosby Sheppard, of Meadow Farm, informed of the plot by family slaves Tom and Pharaoh, dispatched a warning letter to the governor." (Submitted on February 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Gabriel’s Rebellion. Henrico County (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Gabriel's Conspiracy 1799-1800. PBS – Africans in America (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Gabriel Prosser image. Click for full size.
3. Gabriel Prosser
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,664 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 22, 2009. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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