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Near Hanover in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gabrielís Rebellion

 
 
Gabriel's Rebellion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. Gabriel's Rebellion Marker
Inscription. On 24 Aug. 1800, slave Ben Woolfolk met with other slaves at nearby Littlepageís Bridge to recruit individuals for an insurrection planned for 30 Aug. The insurgents led by Gabriel, a slave owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of Henrico County, intended to march into Richmond, capture Governor James Monroe, and force him and other leaders to support political, social, and economic equality. Intense rains delayed the scheme. Mosby Sheppard of Henrico County notified Monroe of the conspiracy after his slaves, Tom and Pharoah, made him aware of the plot. Monroe called out the militia, who captured many of the alleged conspirators. Trials were held in a number of jurisdictions, including Caroline County, resulting in the execution of Gabriel and at least 25 supporters.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-115.)
 
Location. 37° 47.44′ N, 77° 22.189′ W. Marker is near Hanover, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is on Richmond Highway (U.S. 301) 3 miles south of Dawn Boulevard (Virginia Route 30), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover VA 23069, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Marker along Hanover Courthouse Road (US 301) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. Marker along Hanover Courthouse Road (US 301)
flies. Caroline County / Hanover County (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanover Courthouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Hanover Courthouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hanover Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 1.9 miles away); Patrick Henry (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hanover Tavern (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Hanover Tavern (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Hanover Tavern (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsColonial Era
 
Gabrielís Rebellion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2012
3. Gabrielís Rebellion Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,852 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on May 14, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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