Mary Prince’s life had been filled with violence, pain, and trauma. From the time she was taken from her mother and sold on an auction block, she had only known cruelty.
But her life was about to change forever. How?
She was going to escape! She’d been with her current family for a few years after surviving a previous sadistic captor – but something was different this time.
This family had traveled from Antigua to London with her, and come hell or high water, she was going to escape. And that’s exactly what she did!
But her story doesn’t end there – it gets even more interesting.
She met missionaries, who were fascinated by her story. One of them transcribed her words, and the book that came from it persuaded the British public that making slavery illegal had NOT abolished racism.
Prince’s story debunked previous lies that slavery in the West Indies was easy and gentle. But it did something else, too.
It allowed her to testify in court against her cruel captors! She fought for legislation to protect our people and told the truth about the horrors of colonization.
Our people have endured centuries of abuse and oppression. Prince’s story inspired a nation. How can your testimony uplift and inspire others?