The Creole Ship Uprising...
The Creole Ship Uprising on Oct. 27, 1841, the vessel ship the Creole sailed from Richmond, Va., with 135 enslaved Africans, bound for New Orleans. Onboard was Madison Washington, who had escaped slavery to Canada in 1840 at age 25 but was later captured and sold when he returned to Virginia in search of his wife Susan.
Unbeknown to Washington, Susan was among the captives on board the Creole. Susan had been considered the faithful servant of her mistress and traveled to places like White Sulphur Springs and Norfolk on vacations. She was sold because her mistress believed she knew where Washington had escaped to and refused to reveal his whereabouts.
During the trip, at least 14 African men unshackled themselves in the forward hold of the ship. They waited for the right moment to take action, moving to the quarter-deck, picking up weapons as they moved along. Officers and crew were quickly overcome in the surprise attack. Washington reportedly “plunged into [the fight] without any care for his own preservation or safety.” By one account, Washington and the men clubbed some of the crew members to death and held the rest of them captive. With loaded muskets, the Africans took command of Creole with Washington as captain. He demanded that the ship be steered into British territory, which at the time had already abandoned slavery.
On the ship, enslaved women were kept in a different quarter than the men, so it was not until after Susan was set free from her shackles that she saw her husband aboard the Creole. The two reportedly ran to each other, tearfully hugging as they wept while their fellow survivors cheered.
The Creole later arrived at Nassau, New Providence, where they were all set free . Thanks to Kweku Ofoi