One of the Africans sold into slavery alongside Cudjo. Gumpa does not come from Cudjo’s village but is actually from Dahomey and a relative of the King of Dahomey. After the Civil War, Gumpa emerges as a leader in Africatown and is appointed as a judge by the other residents.
Gumpa Quotes in Barracoon
The Barracoon quotes below are all either spoken by Gumpa or refer to Gumpa. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Amistad edition of Barracoon published in 2018.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
We call our village Affican Town. We say dat ‘cause we want to go back in de Affica soil and we see we cain go. Derefo’ we make de Affica where dey fetch us. Gumpa say, ‘My folks sell me and yo folks (Americans) buy me.’ We here and we got to stay.
Gumpa Character Timeline in Barracoon
The timeline below shows where the character Gumpa appears in Barracoon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.