BORN

c. 1745
The Eboe Region of the Kingdom of Benin (present day Nigeria)

DIED

March 31, 1797

Olaudah Equiano

Abolitionist, Former Slave, Writer of "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African," one of the first slave narratives

When we have had some of these slaves on board my master’s vessels to carry them to other islands, or to America, I have known our mates to commit these acts most shamefully, to the disgrace, not of Christians only, but of men. I have even known them gratify their brutal passion with females not ten years old; and these abominations some of them practised to such scandalous excess, that one of our captains discharged the mate and others on that account.

—Olaudah Equiano

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