Denmark Vesey was a slave in Charleston, South Carolina. After purchasing his freedom he could have led a comfortable life but he was unable to accept the enslavement of his race. Against great odds, he organized an extensive slave rebellion. Word of the plan was leaked, and authorities arrested the plot's leaders before the uprising could begin. Vesey and others were convicted and executed. Many anti-slavery activists came to regard Vesey as a hero. During the Civil War, abolitionist Frederick Douglass used his name as a battle cry to rally African American regiments. Yaphet Kotto stars as Denmark Vesey and the cast includes Ned Beatty, Bernie Casey, Cleavon Little, Donald Moffat, Antonio Fargas, and Brock Peters.
Run Time: 90 Minutes