Today, I would like to present a little known White History fact to diversify the Month of Black History, which is coming under attack because some people Black & White feel that BHM is no longer relevant, watered down & not effective in teaching youngsters about the past/present contributions of Americans who happen to be Black.
I recently posted the story of a white woman who wants to end BHM in her school district because she feels that it is discriminatory & irrelevant in regards to her child. She claimed that there is no White History Month etc. I say that White History Month is every month including February because how can we forger about the benevolence of those who helped us escape & fight alongside of us during the Civil Rights Movement (at least until the dogs & water hoses came out).
With this said, I present you with the story of Captain Nathaniel Gordon.
Captain Nathaniel Gordon, American Pirate & Slave Trader:
Captain Nathaniel Gordon was the first and only American slave-trader to be tried, convicted, and hanged in accordance with the U. S. Piracy Law of 1820. Prior to his slave trading, he had been operating as a pirate along the coast of the United States.
On August 7, 1860 Captain Gordon loaded 897 slaves aboard his slave trading ship Erie at Sharks Point, Congo River, West Africa. The very next day he was captured by the USS Mohican fifty miles from port on August 8, 1860. After one hung jury and a new trial, Gordon was convicted November 9, 1861 in the US Circuit Court at New York and sentenced to death by hanging on February 7, 1862.
Before he could be hung President Abraham Lincoln issued a temporary (2 week) stay of Gordon’s execution setting the new date for February 21, 1862. Lincoln made clear that the respite was only temporary to allow Gordon time for his final preparations.
The evening before the execution, Gordon unsuccessfully attempted suicide with strychnine poison prompting the local authorities to move forward the execution to noon from 2:30pm due to Gordon’s health.
Gordon was survived by his wife, son and mother. (Source | Pirates Cove)
Stay of execution granted to Gordon by Abraham Lincoln:
Whereas, it appears that at a Term of the Circuit Court…for the Southern District of New York held in the month of November A.D. 1861, Nathaniel Gordon was indicted and convicted for being engaged in the Slave Trade, and was by the said Court sentenced to be put to death by hanging by the neck, on Friday the 7th day of February, A.D. 1862;
And whereas, a large number of respectable citizens have earnestly besought me to commute the said sentence of the said Nathaniel Gordon to a term of imprisonment for life, which application I have felt it to be my duty to refuse;
And whereas, it seemed to me probable that the unsuccessful application made for the commutation of his sentence may have prevented the said Nathaniel Gordon from making the necessary preparation for the awful change which awaits him;
Now, therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America have granted and do hereby grant unto him, the said Nathaniel Gordon, a respite of the above recited sentence, until Friday the twenty first day of February, A.D. 1862, between the hours of twelve o’clock at noon and three o’clock in the afternoon of the said day when the said sentence shall be executed.
In granting this respite, it becomes my painful duty to admonish the prisoner that, relinquishing all expectation of pardon by Human Authority, he refer himself alone to the mercy of the Common God and Father of all men. (Source | Digital History)
In Other White History:
Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, served between 1861 and 1865. Lincoln was said to have been the illegitimate son of an African man, according to Leroy Vaughn, author of “Black People and Their Place in World History”. Lincoln had very dark skin and coarse hair and his mother allegedly came from an Ethiopian tribe. His heritage fueled so much controversy that Lincoln was nicknamed “Abraham Africanus the First” by his opponents. (Source | Diversity Inc)
So is a true White History month materialized in American School Systems, would they teach the things mentions above and more?