I recently came across this painting depicting
Gabriel Prosser during his trail. Prosser, a slave, had planned a rebellion to take place in counties throughout Virginia. Inspired by the Haitian Revolution, Prosser enlisted both freed and enslaved African-Americans, Native Americans and poor whites into his arsenal of rebels.
Although Prosser’s rebellion never took place, the testimony of enslaved men at the trial is powerful. Prosser’s brother, Solomon, said: “My brother Gabriel was the person who influenced me to join him and others in order that (as he said) we might conquer the white people and possess ourselves of their property.”