Saturday, November 8, 2008
Voices Against Slavery - Olaudah Equiano
Voices Against Slavery - Part 2
Olaudah Equiano was an African man, born in what is now Nigeria in 1745. He was taken as a slave when he was 11 years old; sold in Barbados and taken to Virginia, where he was then sold to a British naval officer, Michael Henry Pascal.
He was able, eventually, to purchase his freedom at the age of 21 years.
He became a Christian in his teens, and joined the Methodist church. He gained a deeper understanding of the God's love and forgiveness.
In 1789 he published his life story. It was called The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The African. This book had an impact on many lives as people gained a greater understanding of the horrors of the slave trade.
The following Bible verse was printed at the front of his autobiography.
2 See, God has come to save me.
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.”
4 In that wonderful day you will sing:
“Thank the Lord! Praise his name!
Tell the nations what he has done.
Let them know how mighty he is!