​October 24, 1865: Paul Bogle Is Captured By The Maroon Militia

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Bogle was captured and taken to Morant Bay, where he was put on trial and hanged by British Authorities at the burnt-out courthouse for his leadership in Morant Bay Rebellion. In total over 400 Black residents were killed and many more were flogged.

Paul Bogle was a Jamaican Baptist deacon and is a National Hero of Jamaica. He was a leader of the 1865 Morant Bay Protesters, who agitated for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica.

Bogle had become a friend of landowner and politician and fellow Baptist George William Gordon, who was instrumental in Bogle being appointed deacon of Stony Gut Baptist Church in 1864. In August 1865, Gordon attacked the British governor, Edward John Eyre, for sanctioning “everything done by the higher class to the oppression of the negroes”. Bogle concentrated his activity on improving the conditions of the poor.

As awareness of social injustices and people’s grievances grew, Bogle led a group of small farmers 45 miles to Spanish Town where they hoped to discuss their grievances with Governor Eyre, but they were denied an audience. This left the people of Stony Gut with a lack of confidence and trust in the Government, and Bogle’s supporters grew in numbers.

Read about Bogle’s legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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