Samuel 'Sam' Sharpe, or Sharp, National Hero of Jamaica (1801, Jamaica - 23 May 1832, Jamaica) was the slave leader behind the Jamaican Baptist War slave rebellion. Samuel Sharpe was born in the parish of St. James. Although Samuel Sharpe was a slave most of his life, he was allowed to become well-educated. Because of his education he was respected by other slaves, and he was a well known preacher and leader. Sharpe was a Deacon at the Burchell Baptist Church in Montego Bay, whose pastor was Rev Thomas Burchell. Sam Sharpe spent most of his time travelling to different parishes in Jamaica educating the slaves about Christianity and freedom.