In 1800, he was savvy, armed and determined to end slavery in Virginia’s capital. But on the day of the bold slave insurrection, disaster struck.
August 23 More than two centuries ago, an enslaved man named Gabriel was making final preparations to lead a revolt in Richmond that he hoped would spur the end of slavery. He was smart, he was armed and he was bold. Were it not for a fierce rainstorm, he might have succeeded.