Gabriel Prosser attempts a well planned insurrection with about 1000 enslaved people in Richmond, Virginia but his plot is uncovered after two slaves inform their master.
1800 (Aug 30)
About 1000 enslaved people, organized by Gabriel Prosser, attempted an insurrection in Richmond, Virginia. The band made weapons in preparation and designed a plan to arrive in Richmond, seize an arsenal and a powder house, close off bridges, and kill countless whites. The attack might have succeeded were it not for two slaves who told their master of the plot. Governor James Monroe sent troops to counter the movement. Gabriel escaped that night but was found and tried within a month. Gabriel and forty other men were hanged for involvement in the revolt.