The Famous Slave and Rebellion Leader Denmark Vesey: A Brief Synopsis
Denmark Vesey was a free man, credited with planning a slave revolt in Charleston 1822. Rumours of the proposed uprising were leaked from a fellow slave resulting in the swift execution of Denmark Vesey and his conspirators on 2 July 1822. Abolitionist and escaped slave Frederick Douglass was said to have used Denmark Vesey's name to recruit African-American men during the Civil War. Despite almost two decades of controversial debates as to whether Denmark Vesey deserved to be remembered in the failed uprising, in acknowledgement of his efforts to help the enslaved, a statue of Denmark Vesey was finally erected in 2014 in Hampton Park, Charleston, away from the area most frequented by tourists.
The Famous Slave and Rebellion Leader Denmark Vesey: Childhood
There is little historical evidence of Denmark Vesey's childhood, however, manuscripts from his trial in 1822 reveal that he was born in c.1767 in the United States Virgin Islands and was known as Telemaque during his years in bondage. At fourteen, Denmark Vesey was purchased by Bermudian sea captain Joseph Vesey and later sold to a sugar planter in what is now Haiti. However, due to Denmark Vesey's epileptic seizures, Joseph Vesey took him back and returned the planter's money. As there is no evidence that that Denmark Vesey's seizures continued, it has been suggested that it may have simply been a ruse to escape harsh plantation life.