The Kru People: The Africans Who Vigilantly Refused to Be Captured into Slavery


From Black Girl Long Hair

August 28, 2015

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The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own lives before surrendering to enslavement. Because of their tenacity, they were labeled as difficult and less valuable in the slave trade.

Apart from their strength in resistance, the Kru were known for their ability to effortlessly navigate the seas. Their skills in both canoeing and surfing the strong ocean currents brought upon much recognition which later afforded them work on British merchant and warships in the 1700s. Currently, the Kru account for 7% of the Liberian population.

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Are you familiar with the Kru people?

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25 thoughts on “The Kru People: The Africans Who Vigilantly Refused to Be Captured into Slavery

  1. @ Kushite Prince thanks for the information & pictures to the post. This information is what they don’t teach our people on how we resist from being enslave especially the Black Seminoles which was the largest slave revolt in American history. A couple of years ago I fell in love looking at old vintage pictures of our people. The real reason why is because throughout the years of growing up they would always show pictures of our people in their worse state of being.

    • I know and it’s really sad. We have a beautiful and glorious history. In America and in Africa. They always want to distort the truth and spread lies. They want us to stay ignorant. That’s why it’s important that we share the truth with our people so the next generation won’t be ignorant. There were many revolts during slavery that are never mentioned in history books. People who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it.

  2. @ Kushite Prince
    Since you mention our African people resistant I believe we are entering another “BLACK” awaken movement which will be the final one for this generation. We have so many different generations of our people who fought for liberation & each generation have showed their resistant. We will be seeing more of Pan African organizations making headline news soon. During the era of Ida B Wells she brought us the earlier stages of Civil Rights by bringing us the documentations of American lynching toward black people and she introduce the earlier stages for black women to fight for Black Womanhood. Marcus Garvey brought us the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League & The Black Star Line for our return to the motherland during his era. The Nation of Islam which introduce us to Elijah Muhammad & Malcolm X during their era. Bobby Seale & Huey P Newton with The Black Panther Party during their era. Furthermore we have several other black organization that had the African spiritual resistant and now we have the Black Lives Matter. Racisms is at its all time high an Europeans feel since our people are docile & refuse to fight back they feel that they can treat us anyway. The more Europeans do this the more the African spiritual resistant will be coming out of our people.

  3. Those are excellent photos. Liberia has a rich history that many African people outside of the continent aren’t aware of. On the subject of resistance, I remember Dr. Gerald Horne mentioning in a lecture that a signifigant number of Africans captured and enslaved were from Madagascar. Later, I read about the resistance on the Meermin ship in 1766. This event was later covered in a 2010 documentary entitled “Slave Ship Mutiny.” The documentary has a bit of a Eurocentric slant (which is typical of PBS) but does contain interesting information.

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