1865 — George William Gordon hanged

George William Gordon was a Jamaican businessman who established the Native Baptist Church in Jamaica, of which Paul Bogle became a deacon. Gordon and Bogle, like many members of the church, were critical of the Jamaican governor, Edward Eyre. When a protest over the conviction of a black man under suspicious circumstances was brutally put down by government forces, what would later be known as the Morant Bay rebellion ensued.

439 Jamaicans were killed in the fighting, and another 354 were arrested and executed afterwards, including Bogle. Gordon was arrested separately but tried and executed in the same round of trials. Bogle and Gordon became martyrs to the cause of independence, and heroes to the nation of Jamaica. Today, Gordon’s face appears on the Jamaican ten dollar note, and the parliament of Jamaica meets in Gordon House, named for him.

Referenced in:

Prediction — Steel Pulse
Innocent Blood — Culture
Born fe Rebel — Steel Pulse
See Them a Come — Culture
Silver Tongue Show — Groundation
Give Thanks and Praise — Roy Rayon
Our Jamaican National Heroes — Horace Andy