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'Prince Cinqué' by Romare Bearden, 1971.
"I am resolved it is better to die than be a white man's slave," said Joseph Cinqué, leader of the Amistad mutiny, quoted in the New York Sun in 1839

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Amistad Mutiny Survivors Freed
March 9, 1841

The fight between Cinqué mutineers and President Van Buren didn't end there. In an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, former President John Quincy Adams argued that the Africans on the Amistad were illegally enslaved and "were entitled to all the kindness and good offices due from a humane and Christian nation."

The court agreed, and Adams's victory in the Amistad case was a significant success for the movement to abolish slavery. Have you seen or heard about the movie "Amistad" that was made about this case?

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