Hero Profile – Paul Bogle

Little is known of Paul Bogle’s early life. As an adult he was one of the 106 St Thomas people with the right to vote. As deacon of the Native Baptist Church at Stony Gut, Bogle organised religious activities. He and his brother Moses led the people in passive resistance to injustice and oppression.

On October 11, 1865 Bogle led a march to Spanish Town and then one to the Morant Bay Court House. There was a clash with the armed volunteer force, people were killed on both sides and the court house burnt to the ground. A price was put on Bogle’s head. Captured on October 24, he was hanged that very day.

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