Joseph Cinquez, the brave Congolese Chief, who prefers death to slavery
Joseph Cinqué (ca. 1814–ca. 1879), also known as Sengbe Pieh, was Mende from the Upper Guinea Coast. He helped lead a revolt of many Africans on the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad. This portrait included text which provided biographical information and other details on Amistad revolt, including a quote from Cinqué's sober and moving speech to his comrades on board ship after the mutiny. According to the Library of Congress, this print was commissioned by the publisher of the New York Sun and advertised for sale in the newspaper's account of the capture of the Amistad, published on 31 August 1839.
Lithograph by James (or Isaac ) Sheffield (New York: Moses Y. Beach, 1839). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-12960.
Sheffield, James or Isaac
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