In 1803, some Igbos who had been kidnapped under the transatlantic slave genocide arrived Dunbar Creek, Georgia, US.
Led by Oba, a Lucumi Igbo Prince, the Igbos held what turned out to be the first civil rights protest of the United States.
Igbo Landing has been characterized as a mass suicide, but we believe that the slaveraiders most likely stampeded these Igbos into the sea after seeing their act of unalloyer courage – despite being kept in inhuman conditions.
Some descendants of Igbo Landing survivors would later go to the Florida area to become the Black Seminoles. These Black Seminoles won the Seminole War. With that, they became the first Afro Americans to win their freedom, and gave Abraham Lincoln the legal precedent he needed for his Emancipation Declaration that abolished slavery in the United States.
Today, descendants of Igbo Landing speak an African language called Gullah Geechy.
The location of Igbo Landing in Dunbar Creek has been described as Afro America’s Plymouth Rock.
We pay tributes to these courageous Igbos.