Friends of Ann Hardy and

Gabriel Prosser Freedom Parks

ANN HARDY PARK

Ann M. Hardy was a dedicated community activist who focused on the children of Highland Park. Friends of Ann Hardy Park is working to bring many needed improvements to the park such as flower beds, fence painting and maintenance, recreational activities, playground upkeep, movie-nights, community events, clean-ups, and more. Your donation to Friends of Ann Hardy Plaza is valuable and will go towards: maintenance, programming of events, and beautification of this neighborhood park.

The Highland Park Christmas Crawl 2018 Ended in the Ann Park

GABRIEL PROSSER FREEDOM PARK

Gabriel's Rebellion August 30,1800 24 year old Gabriel planned a slave revolution for August 30 1800, They planned to seize control of Richmond and then to establish a Independent Black New Afrikan Nation in Virginia, The recent successful American Revolution and the revolutions in France and Haiti—with their rhetoric of freedom, equality, and brotherhood—supplied examples and inspiration for Prosser's rebellion. The plan was to strike on the night of Aug. 30, 1800. They Plan to March into Richmond With a West Afrikan Styles Flag with the words " DEATH OR LIBERTY " on it , Men inside Richmond were to set fire to certain buildings to distract whites, and Prosser's force from the country was to seize the armory and government buildings across town. With the firearms thus gained, the rebels would supposedly easily overcome the surprised whites.

In the months preceding the attack Prosser skillfully recruited supporters and organized them into military units.Authorities never discovered how many slaves were involved, but there were undoubtedly several thousand, many armed with swords and pikes made from farm tools by slave blacksmiths.

Compared to the more famous Nat Turner Rebellion in Southampton County, Gabriel’s Rebellion gets barely a nod in the history books. But 31 years before the Southampton event, a slave known as Prosser’s Gabriel (commonly but incorrectly called Gabriel Prosser) masterminded the most extensive U.S. slave revolt ever planned – a revolt that would have brought to Richmond 1,000 or more slaves from as far away as Petersburg, Norfolk, North Carolina and at least 10 other localities.

The collapse Gabriel’s intricate plans and well-coordinated attack may well have succeeded if not for the vagaries of weather. On the designated night, a sudden severe torrential downpour struck, making roads and bridges to the city impassable. One person called it “the most terrible thunder Storm . . . that I ever witnessed in this State.”

Although rebel leaders rescheduled the uprising for the next evening, the delay unnerved slaves Tom and Pharaoh of Meadow Farm. The scheme collapsed when they cracked under the pressure and informed their owner, Mosby Sheppard, of the plot. Sheppard alerted Governor Monroe, who called out the militia to protect the capital.