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Who is Denmark Tanny based on?

Asked by Teresa Zuniga

Andy Dale

Andy Dale
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One such inspiration is Denmark Tanny, who is loosely inspired by Denmark Vesey. Vesey was a carpenter and formerly-enslaved person who won a $1500 lottery and bought his freedom for $600 in 1799. He was however unable to buy freedom for his wife and children, which some people believe motivated his anti-slavery work.

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