A.W. Hodge, Esq.rExecuted for the Murder of his Negro Slave.
Engraving, sheet 170 x 105mm (6¾ x 4"). Trimmed inside platemark. Rare.
Arthur William Hodge (1763-1811), plantation farmer and slave owner in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands (then within the British colony of the Leeward Islands) executed for the murder of one of his slaves. Following a quarrel, Hodge was accused of murdering at least twelve of his slaves four or five years earlier (some believed that Hodge's enemies had brought the charges for political reasons, hence the delay in bringing the charges). He was charged with the murder of his slave Prosper by flogging, but further indictments were drawn up for the other alleged murders in case the original charge failed, but he was found guilty and sentenced to death. Hodge was hanged on 8 May 1811, the first West Indian slave owner to be executed for the murder of a slave and seemingly the only British West Indian slave owner ever to be executed for such a crime.
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