The Mythical Tale of the Enslaved Igbo People “Growing Wings” and Flying Back to Africa

2 Posted by - September 19, 2018 - LATEST POSTS, SLAVERY

or often called  was the final setting scene of an 1803 resistance of enslaved Igbo people brought from West Africa on slave ships. In May of 1803 a ship carrying stolen West Africans arrived in the U.S in Savannah to be auctioned off at the slave market. The Igbo people were known to be fierce independent and unwilling to be shackled and chained. There group of 75 Igbo slaves had been captured by John Couper and Thomas Spalding to work on plantations. Each slave had cost the men $100 dollars per head. During the voyage the Igbo slaves rose up in rebellion taking control of the ship and drowning their captors in the process. The ship “Morovia” was grounded in Dunbar Creek which is now known as the Ebo Landing.

There have been different tales as to what happened next. Some say the Igbo people walked in unison into the sea singing and believing that the waters would take them home; they all drowned that day. Other tales say that some of the Igbo people were rescued by bounty hunters who received $10 a head, and these survivors are the ones who have told the story to be recorded as to what happened that day.

Another great myth that has been told is that an overseer by the name of Mr. Blue went down to the landing area with a long whip to whip the slaves, however, when he got down to the spot the Igbo people band together and stuck a hoe in the field…one by one rose up in the sky and turned themselves into buzzards and flew back to Africa. The Igbo Landing site and surrounding marshes in Dunbar Creek are claimed to be haunted by the souls of the perished Igbo slaves.




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