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Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, a graphic novel by Dr. Rebecca Hall. Art by Hugo Martinez.
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The Story of Wake

Women warriors planned and led slave revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history.

This graphic novel tells the story of one woman’s quest to uncover their stories. But in the process, she learns that the power of resistance, buried in the past, is still very much alive.

Historian Dr. Rebecca Hall is driven by a sense of being haunted by the past. Her grandmother was born the property of Squire Sweeney in Howard County, Missouri in 1860. Though the standard history books insist that enslaved women were unsuited for planning or leading revolts, Rebecca keeps searching for the deeper stories. She learns from old court records, newspaper articles, captains’ logs of slave ships, insurance policies, correspondence, and even the bones of enslaved women from the “negro burying ground” uncovered in Manhattan.

She finds women warriors everywhere.

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-led Slave Revolts brings these women’s stories graphically to life.

Follow their stories into the slave ships during the Middle Passage, where women risked certain death in a final fight for their freedom. Follow them through the founding of New York City, in stories that radically reshape our notions of slavery’s role in the U.S. Follow Rebecca’s own story of resistance, as she faces the forces of white supremacy and patriarchy continuing to shape her own life -- both as a successful attorney and later as a historian seeking the past that haunts her.

The past is gone. But we still live in its wake.

Risks and challenges

If we are able to get this project funded, we should have no problem quickly getting it ready for submission to publishers. We can devote our full energy to getting it done. This Dr. Hall's life work. She is the expert in the field of women and slave revolts in the British slave trade and in Colonial America. She has published her work in academia. Although this is her first graphic novel, She has spent the past year educating herself on how to write for this powerful medium. Hugo, our amazing artist, has been drawing comics his whole life.

a large publisher who has expressed interest in this project has asked us to submit 10 pages, fully inked and lettered, a full story outline for the 150 page graphic novel, and 30 pages of script. We can do this, with your support. Here is the budget for this project:

Penciling, inking lettering 8 page teaser and cover spread: $2000.00

Travel for creative team meetings: $500.00

Marketing and promotional material:$400.00

Writer’s per page rate @ $100 x 30 pages: $3000.00

Total: $5900.00

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    Archive Opener

    Rebecca’s journey began with a small step: entering the archives to track down the silenced stories of women’s resistance. Your small step of support can also create a huge change in how our history is told.

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    Cargo Insurrecionist

    When a slave ship revolted, the ship owners noted an “insurrection of cargo” in the insurance documents. Behind those words hides the incredible bravery of those who risked everything to fight for their freedom. Your donation helps to bring their stories to light.

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    Ahosi Warrior

    The Ahosi were the fierce woman warriors of the Dahomey Kingdom, and the inspiration for the Dora Milaje warriors in the Black Panther series. They remind us that African women forced into chattel slavery often came from backgrounds that taught them how to resist, with power and discipline.

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    River of Resistance

    Though the women warriors Rebecca found in the archives died long ago, their actions fed a river of resistance that remains with us. Your generous gift allows us to spread their names and stories far and wide, allowing the world to finally give them the honor they deserve.

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    Awakener

    We live in the wake of slavery. It continues to shape our institutions and our daily lives. But we can build power by connecting to the stories of those who fought against it. Your generous donation will allow thousands of others to awaken to the heritage of resistance they left us.

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