Igbo landing revolt and mass suicide by Igbo people who rebelled and drowned their captors.
Known by the American south to be fiercely independent and resistant to chattel slavery, a boatload of roughly 75 captive Igbo people survived the middle passage to be sold at local slave auctions. Chained and packed under the small vessel (named either “The Schooner York” or “The Monrovia”), they rose up in rebellion, took control of the ship, and drowned their captors in what is now known as Igbo landing in Georgia. Though what happened next is unclear, various accounts site they died by suicide by walking into Dunbar Creek. A letter written by Savannah slave dealer William Mein states that the Igbo people walked into the marsh where 10 to 12 drowned and some were "salvaged" by bounty hunters who received $10 a head from the captives’ intended plantation owners (One of which was Thomas Spalding, a Georgia politician). According to some sources, survivors of the Igbo rebellion were taken to Cannon's point on St. Simons Island and Sapelo Island. This has been referred to as the first freedom march in America and has spawned myths and Gullah folklore.