Richmond Public Library and NERD Squad are partnering today (8.28.19) to host an Escape Room for Untold RVA Presents GABRIEL WEEK 2019.
If you are unfamiliar with the story of Gabriel, here’s a quick history lesson. In August of 1800 Brother General Gabriel, and enslaved blacksmith working in Shockoe Bottom, planned one of the largest insurrections against enslavement in American history. While his plan was ultimately thwarted by bad weather and loose lips, we now know his plan was one of the most brilliant ones to rise up against the injustice of enslavement. The plan included citizens of all races, free and enslaved, and was intended to dismantle the system of economics that allowed a few to rise to the top, on the backs of the many.
Untold RVA’s founder Free Egunfemi has been hosting GABRIEL WEEK in the city for the last two years to celebrate this narrative, and uplift the deliberately submerged stories of Richmond’s self-determined heroes.
Today, The Main Branch of Richmond Public Library will be hosting an Escape Room based on General Gabriel’s story. This is free and open to all public youth.
Here’s a bit from their page:
HELP! 24 year old Gabriel from Richmond needs to go underground and fast. The whole city is looking for him and there’s a bounty on his head. Danger is everywhere. Will he make it out of Richmond on a super stealth mission to avoid capture by the enemies of Black Freedom? It can happen, but the conspiracy of good people and Brother General Gabriel’s invisible army need your strategic mind. Will you risk it all? Do you have what it takes? It’s Gabriel’s Escape! Featuring theatrical clues and courage from Yemima Davis as Gabriel’s faithful wife Nan. If you’re clever, you might even catch a glimpse of Brother Gabriel himself. Brought to you by NERD SQUAD. This unique escape room event is free and designed for families of all ages. Sponsored by Library of Virginia and Richmond Public Library with funding provided by Virginia Humanities. Participants will receive a copy of Richmond’s own Gigi Amateau‘s award winning young adult book, Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows and the Black General Gabriel. Join us on Wednesday 28 August @ 6PM. Power to the (young) people! May it be so.