Olaudah Equiano was born in Benin, Africa. He was sold into slavery when he was only 11 years old. Years later he wrote a book describing his time on the ship. He describes it like this I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, nor had I the least desire to taste anything. . . . Many a time we were near suffocation from the want [lack] of fresh air,...This, and the stench of the necessary tubs, carried off [killed] many.¨
also see the white people; I have many sons of my age, which should be your companions, and
I will bring you back safely soon
If I would go with me you should see houses with wings to them walk upon the water, and should
10 years later , he bought his freedom from his last owner a Quaker from Philadelphia. He made his way to England were he lectured on slavery.In 1789 he published his autobiography, which impacted people so much that it influenced a law that made slavery illegal in Britain´s colonies.
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw was an African prince that at age 15 was mad with his family.
Upset with his family he believed the promise of a slave merchant, who told him this ¨if I would go with him I should see houses with wings to them walk upon the water, and should also see the white folks; and that he had many sons of my age, which should be my companions; and he added to all this that he would bring me safe back again soon." Sadly, he realized his mistake too late.
Venture Smith was captured as a young child by an enemy army and sold as an slave in Rhode Island.
When he was 36 years old he paid for his freedom, then when he raised enough money to purchase his two sons. When he was 44 years old he purchased freedom for his wife Meg, when he was 46 years old he purchased his oldest daughter Hannah. He had overcame slavery for his whole family.