Posted on February 9, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

He only lived to be thirty-three years old, but Abraham Galloway fully deserves the comparisons made between him and James Bond or Malcolm X.

He also deserves to be much better known, say a number of writers who have produced work about him.

Galloway was born into slavery, escaped to Canada, went to Haiti to plan an attack (never launched) on the US South, became a spy for the North during the Civil War, and was among the first Black members of the North Carolina Senate. 

Again — all of that in just three decades.

NPR spoke with David Cecelski, author of The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War; historian Hari Jones; and poet and playwright Howard Craft, who wrote a play based on Cecelski's book, about this remarkable historical figure.

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