BORN: c. 1745

DIED: 1797

Final resting place

Spouse: Susannah Cullen

Children: Joanna Vassa 

Anna Maria Vass


Known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir, the Eboe region of the Kingdom of Benin. Enslaved as a child, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766. 

WIKI: Olaudah Equiano

BBC4 - The Extraordinary Equiano 2005

The story of Olaudah Equiano, a black slave who emerged from the horrors of the African holocaust to become an English gentleman, marry a white woman and write one of the most influential books of his generation - his autobiography. The book became a key text in the abolition movement as it confronted its audience directly with the grim reality of the slave trade.

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