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Gabriel was a slave who worked on the Brookfield tobacco plantation in Henrico County.  He was the blacksmith, which means he produced most of the metal tools used on the farm. Born in 1776, the year of America’s independence, Gabriel grew up hearing about the importance of freedom. He wanted freedom for himself and all slaves, so he started planning a huge revolt.  He recruited many others to join him and began collecting weapons.  His plan was to attack the Capitol in Richmond and take Governor James Monroe hostage (Monroe would later become the 5th president of the United States).  However, on the night of the revolt, Saturday August 30th, there was a terrible thunderstorm and the rivers and roads in the area were flooded.  Gabriel had to postpone his revolt for the next day.  However, two slaves from Meadow Farm, Tom and Pharaoh, alerted the owner of the farm, Mosby Sheppard, who in turn, warned the governor of the plot.  The militia was called out and many of the slaves were captured and executed, including Gabriel. 

Updated 9/4/2011