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Museum Exhibition of Ottobah Cugoano
Transcript of Museum Exhibition of Ottobah Cugoano
Story of Ottobah Cugoano
From the Shore
"...when a vessel arrived to conduct us away to the ship, it was a most horrible scene; there was nothing to be heard but rattling of chains, smacking of whips, and the groans and cries of our fellow-men." - Ottobah Cugoano
On the Plantation
"Being in this dreadful captivity and horrible slavery ...for about eight or nine months, beholding the most dreadful scenes of misery and cruelty, and seeing my miserable companions often cruelly lashed ...for the most trifling faults; this made me often tremble and weep. For eating a piece of sugar-cane, some were cruelly lashed, or struck over the face, to knock their teeth out."
- Ottobah Cugoano
"When we were put into the ship ... we saw several black merchants coming on board, but we were all drove into our holes, and not suffered to speak to any of them. In this situation we continued several days in sight of our native land. And when we found ourselves at last taken away, death was more preferable than life." - Ottobah Cugoano
"...with about eighteen or twenty more boys and girls, as we were playing in a field. We lived but a few days' journey from the coast where we were kidnapped... Some of us attempted, in vain, to run away, but pistols and cutlasses were soon introduced, threatening, that if we offered to stir, we should all lie dead on the spot." - Ottobah Cugoano
"Thanks be to God, I was delivered from Grenada, and that horrid brutal slavery. A gentleman coming to England took me for his servant, and brought me away, where I soon found my situation become more agreeable." -Ottobah Cugoano
In this exhibition, the sources which will be used are from this book of Ottobah Cugoano's early life. 'Narrative of the Enslavement of a Native of Africa'.
Ottobah saving an African slave
In 1786, Cugoano played a key part in the rescue of Henry Demane, an African who had been kidnapped and was being shipped out to the West Indies.
An Attempt of abolishing slave trade
His book 'Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and the Commerce of the Human Species' was an account of his experiences which was used to persuade the king to abolish slave trade.
Without a Trace
"The cause, date, and place of Cugoano's death, and the date and place of his burial are unknown." - Vincent Carretta
Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century
By Patrick Carlos and William Kong