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Denmark Vesey was an 18th century slave who skillfully planned the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history. Unfortunately, he never saw the revolt because two other black men, George Wilson and Rolla Bennett, collectively revealed the plot to a white slavemaster. Regardless, Vesey was called a hero for his plan of the major Carolina rebellion.

Purchased in 1771, Vesey was a Caribbean native of St. Thomas who was settled to work in Charleston, North Carolina. In 1799, he won $600 in a lottery and bought his freedom. However, It wasn’t enough for his family.

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