30 Interesting Facts about Slavery

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26Sara Forbes Bonetta

Sara Forbes Bonetta was a West African who was orphaned, sold into slavery, and in a remarkable twist of events, was liberated from enslavement and became a goddaughter to Queen Victoria.

27. Lewis Williams was an escaped slave who managed to evade recapture by switching with a body double at his crowded trial and then crossdressing as a woman to flee town. He was aided by a reverend, who dressed him up as his “daughter” with a veil and bonnet, then got him out of town.

28. Maria Lewis was a 17-year-old emancipated slave who disguised herself as a white guy and fought in a Union cavalry unit for over two years.

29. Thomas Peters was an ex-slave who fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War and is one of the Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone.

30. Due to the use of slave labor, more people died producing the German V2 rockets than by the rockets themselves.


  1. The last name in number 4 is incorrect. It should be James Armistead. Lafayette was the commander of the French alliance forces that Armistead was under.


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