Denmark Vesey was an African American man who had been a slave but purchased his freedom. As a slave he labored in Haiti before being sold to Joseph Vesey and being moved to Charleston, S.C. Vesey won $1,500 in a city lottery that he used to buy his freedom and then worked as a carpenter. He was a founder of an AME Church, which attracted many members. In 1822 he planned a slave rebellion. Before the rebellion started, word was leaked to authorities who arrested Vesey and other leaders. All were convicted and executed in Charleston, S.C. After his death Vesey was regarded as a hero by many in the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass used Vesey’s name to rally African American regiments, most notably the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
This Denmark Vesey mug is part of our African American Series and Abolitionist series profiling outstanding men and women who have helped shape our country in important and positive ways.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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